The Tigers won on Friday night but with the uncertainty they now are facing with Miguel Cabrera the net effect might have been a loss.

Cabrera came out of the Tigers’ rain-shortened 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians with more irritation of the abdominal area -- the second time in two days he's left a game early.

And this time he didn’t say “I’m OK.”

Instead he said “I don’t feel 100 percent.”

As for possibility he could be looking at an absence of several days Cabrera said “That’s not my decision. I can’t say because I don’t know.”

Manager Jim Leyland said he got suspicious that Cabrera felt worse than usual during batting practice.

“I wasn’t swinging normally” said Leyland. “I could tell he was not turning it loose. And when I saw the first at-bat (a strikeout) I knew that what I saw in batting practice was probably right.

“So I got him out of there.”

With or without Cabrera though …

Day night hot cold rain shine spring summer regulation or in extra innings the Tigers have been able to beat the Indians this season.

After losing the first two of the first three times they played that is.

With winning pitcher Rick Porcello improving his record to 11-7 despite feeling flu-like symptoms the victory was the 13th in the last 14 games for the Tigers over the Indians.

Now do the math. The first-place Tigers lead the second-place Tribe by 7.5 games in the American League Central.

If the Indians had been able to win half of the last 14 games between the two teams they’d not only be coming up the walk they’d knocking on the door of first place.

Instead they’re across the street and down the block aware that contention is not in view at this time.