DETROIT — Max Scherzer was roughed up, and Miguel Cabrera left with an injury. It made for a quiet scene in the ninth inning at a mostly empty Comerica Park.

Then Torii Hunter turned it around with one big swing for the Detroit Tigers.

Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, lifting Detroit to a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday that averted a four-game series sweep.

Then Cabrera, the reigning Triple Crown winner, vowed he would be in the lineup Friday when the AL Central leaders begin a three-game series with the second-place Cleveland Indians.

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Cabrera departed in the fifth inning after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double.

“I’m OK,” he said. “I’ll play (Friday) — don’t worry.”


• Federal officials say the San Francisco Giants have paid nearly $545,000 in back wages and damages to dozens of clubhouse and administrative employees for violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the figure Thursday. According to labor officials, investigators found clubhouse employees were working more hours than were recorded, but receiving only a flat pay rate that amounted to less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

The Giants were also accused of not paying the employees overtime.

• Cleveland released pitcher Brett Myers, a total bust for the Indians after signing a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason.

• The Los Angeles Angels placed third baseman Chris Nelson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled infielder Luis Jimenez from Class AAA Salt Lake.