Miggy at first; Jackson rests against Sale

Miggy at first; Jackson rests against Sale

CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera returned to first base Thursday night after a two-game stint as designated hitter. Cabrera had been nursing a tight left hamstring, but showed he was back to full mobility in Wednesday's game.

Cabrera led off the fourth with a double, tagged up on Victor Martinez's flyout to right and beat Dayan Viciedo's strong throw to third with aggressive baserunning.

Showing no signs of discomfort, he lobbied Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to put him back at first for Thursday's series finale.

"I think everyone saw how he moved last night. After the game, he looked at me and went like this," Ausmus said while raising his index finger," which meant first base. And I said, 'Yeah.'"

One other move Ausmus made was sitting Austin Jackson, who has struggled in his career against White Sox starter Chris Sale. Jackson is 2-for-30 (.067) with 12 strikeouts against Sale.

"It's just, Jax, really it's a good time to give him a day off. You want to give guys a day off against pitchers they don't do as well against," Ausmus said. "It's good policy just strategy-wise, and I think it's just good for the player."

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.