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Miguel Cabrera takes grounders at third

Jim Leyland spent 10 minutes Wednesday hitting groundballs to Miguel Cabrera at third base. While Leyland wouldn't elaborate, the reason is clear: In case the Tigers make the World Series, Cabrera could slide over to third and DH Victor Martinez would play first base in games in the National League ballpark.

Cabrera hasn't played third base since 2008 and would obviously be a defensive liability. On the other hand, Detroit third basemen have hit a collective .220/.277/.320, the third-lowest OPS in the majors.

We're a long way off from getting there, but I like the idea of getting Martinez the extra at-bats. And it's worth noting that Leyland has won before with a bad-glove third baseman: Bobby Bonilla played there for his Marlins when they won the World Series in 1997. In fact, Leyland sacrificed defense at two positions that year, starting converted catcher Darren Daulton four times at first base in the World Series.