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Tigers back in first place

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Kyle Ryan's successful major league debut was a potentially costly victory for the Detroit Tigers.

Ryan pitched six scoreless innings, and the Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with an 8-4 victory.

Detroit moved back into a tie for the AL Central lead, but Miguel Cabrera's sore right ankle forced him from the game in the fourth inning. The winner of the last two AL MVP awards could be out for four or five days, a subject that manager Brad Ausmus broached with him earlier in the week.

"It flares up from time to time with different movements and different actions," Ausmus said. "I told him I could give him a day tomorrow, and he said, 'No, don't decide now because I might be good in the morning.'

"We want him in the lineup because he's such a presence, but we need him to be healthy, too. So it's a delicate balance."

In the opener, Chris Sale struck out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading Chicago to a 6-3 win.

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