In the fourth inning of Game 1's 4-3 win on Tuesday, Cabrera hit his 24th home run of the season, and is now tied with Jhonny Peralta for the most by a Tribe shortstop.
When asked if he ever imagined the power display he has put on throughout the 2011 campaign, Cabrera -- who tallied 18 homers in four years entering this season -- smiled and simply replied: "Not really."
"I'm so happy that he was able to tie the record," manager Manny Acta said. "I hope he's OK and he can have one more week to take a whack at it, because I would love to have those records and power of the guys that are here and are going to be a part of our franchise for years to come."
The All-Star strained his back during the first swing of his final at-bat. In pain, he laid down a bunt on the next pitch and was replaced on defense in the ninth inning.
"There's a little cramp in there," Cabrera said. "It's down there in my back."
Cabrera said after the game that the pain had subsided and that he was feeling better. Acta listed his shortstop as day to day, and did not plan on using him for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader anyway.
Cabrera is targeting a Wednesday return.
"I'm feeling better right now," he said, "so I hope to be ready for tomorrow."
Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less