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Miguel Cabrera expected to miss two to three days with Grade 1 oblique strain

DETROIT -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is expected to miss two to three days with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique.

Cabrera was a late scratch from Detroit's starting lineup Wednesday night against Baltimore with what the team called a sore left side.

The Tigers announced Cabrera's absence about a half-hour before the scheduled first pitch against the Orioles. A team spokesman said Cabrera was expected to undergo further testing.

Alex Avila replaced Cabrera at first base, and J.D. Martinez moved up three spots to hit third in the batting order as the Tigers beat the Orioles 5-4.

Cabrera is hitting only .248 on the season with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.