KANSAS CITY -- Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, who hit a game-winning home run on Thursday in Minnesota, was scratched from the lineup on Friday because of lower back tightness.
Laird's name was on the original lineup card, but was later determined that he wouldn't be able to go.
Alex Avila, who was initially listed as the designated hitter, took Laird's spot behind the plate.
Cabrera sits, hopes to play Saturday vs. KC
KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Cabrera was not in Friday's lineup because of biceps tendinitis in his left shoulder, but hopes to return on Saturday when the Tigers meet the Royals in the middle game of their weekend series.
"Give me a whole day," Cabrera said. "If I'm feeling better [Saturday], I'll play."
Cabrera left Thursday's game in Minnesota when he felt "a little pinch" in the shoulder. The soreness developed on Tuesday, but Cabrera played through it.
Cabrera did not take any batting practice swings on Friday, but said he would be available to pinch-hit.
"I'll go on the field and see what's going on in the game," Cabrera said. "If they've got a chance to pinch-hit me, I'll do it."
Cabrera's exit on Thursday led to a flurry of moves in what turned out to be a 13-inning Detroit victory. Jhonny Peralta wound up playing first base for the first time in his career.
"He said he was going to take my job," Cabrera said.
Manager Jim Leyland went with Don Kelly as his first baseman on Friday. The omission of Cabrera left the Tigers scrambling to fill the void in the middle of their order. Entering play Friday, Cabrera led the Major Leagues with 108 RBIs and his .336 average and 33 home runs ranked second in the American League.
"He's not playing, that's all I can tell you," Leyland said. "That's the way it is. If a guy is hurt, he's hurt."
Wells still basking in glow of first homer
KANSAS CITY -- One day after his first Major League home run, Casper Wells could only smile and savor his flair for the dramatic.
Wells' milestone homer in Minnesota came at a time when the Tigers needed it most. His solo shot off Jesse Crain in the ninth tied the game as Detroit eventually prevailed in 13 innings.
"Growing up, you have a vision of your first home run," Wells said. "My vision was that it would be at the home park. I hoped it would be in a clutch situation like that, at the end of a game. For that to happen the way it did, it was pretty exciting."
Wells wasn't originally in the lineup on Friday, but manager Jim Leyland penciled him in as the center fielder after catcher Gerald Laird was scratched with lower back tightness.
"He [Wells] has been hot and looked good," Leyland said.
Wells entered Friday's game hitting .355 in 31 at-bats with the Tigers. He's anxious to keep making September contributions.
"Nobody has packed it in," Wells said. "There's a lot of baseball left and anything can happen. We're just going to battle until the end and see what happens."
Tigers enjoy some late-night fun
KANSAS CITY -- Facing Royals ace Zack Greinke on short rest is no fun, but the Tigers are getting used to it.
Because of Thursday's 13-inning game in Minnesota, the Tigers didn't arrive at their Kansas City hotel until approximately 4 a.m. CT. Last year, the Tigers played a West Coast night game in Anaheim and had an early-morning arrival in Kansas City.
Greinke was the opposing pitcher that night as well.
Manager Jim Leyland didn't particularly like having to travel to Kansas City after a West Coast night game and the two-hour time difference. But he didn't mind the late night on Thursday one bit.
"That was fun," Leyland said of the 13-inning win. "It was a nice ride to Kansas City. Everybody was tired, but it was a nice ride."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.