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PostSubject: GDT7: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:58 am

GDT: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET





--- VS ---

Detroit Tigers VS Toronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time - 1:08 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup





Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sanchez racked up five strikeouts in as many innings against the Twins, but three walks ballooned his pitch count. He's hoping warmer weather in Detroit will give him a better grip on his pitches against a mighty Blue Jays lineup.



Blue Jays: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Morrow was dominant in his first start of the season, but was forced to take a no-decision because of a lack of run support. Morrow allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight over six strong innings against Cleveland.







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Blue Jays look to get going on road vs. Sanchez

By Zack Meisel / MLB.com | 4/7/2013 7:08 PM ET

Don't blame the Blue Jays for wanting to leave home.

Toronto wrapped up its first week of the regular season with a 2-4 mark, with all six games played inside the cavernous Rogers Centre. The Jays capped the week with a 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the Red Sox, as ace hurler R.A. Dickey dropped his second decision of the homestand.

"We know it has only been six games, we'll turn it around," said shortstop Jose Reyes. "That's not the way we expected to play, but this is baseball, and there's still a lot of baseball left. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. We have a lot of confidence in this ballclub, and like I said, we're going to be fine. So there's nothing to worry about."

The Blue Jays hope to have their star right fielder back in the lineup by Tuesday's opener in Detroit. Jose Bautista missed the past three games because of a twisted right ankle, suffered Thursday attempting to beat out a double play.

"We're not in the hunt for the playoffs yet, and we have great players on our bench that are probably starters on different teams, so there's not that pressing need to run out there not being 100 percent," Bautista said.

Bautista said he is confident he will return Tuesday, though he wasn't sure if he would play the field.

With Brandon Morrow on the mound for Toronto, Bautista and the Jays bats will take their hacks against Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers right-hander blanked the Twins over five innings in his first start Wednesday, allowing only two hits, but taking a no-decision, as Detroit lost, 3-2.

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland anticipates a Blue Jays team more than up to the task.

"They've transformed their team into a little bit of a different team obviously," Leyland said. "They went out and they spent some money and got some players. People are excited up there, and I think Toronto's one of the places that's drawn over 4 million people in their time, so you know the passion's there. Like a lot of places, if you've got a good team, the more people come out. It's pretty simple. They're good."

Blue Jays: Toronto claims Gonzalez
• The Blue Jays selected right-hander Edgar Gonzalez off waivers from the Astros on Sunday. Houston designated the 30-year-old for assignment on Friday. Gonzalez went 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA for the Astros in 2012, and posted a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings of Grapefruit League action this spring.

• The Blue Jays still aren't sure of a timetable for third baseman Brett Lawrie. The 23-year-old took part in light drills Saturday. Lawrie injured the left side of his ribs while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in early March.

Tigers: Avila welcomes daughter
• Catcher Alex Avila's wife, Kristina, gave birth to a daughter, Avery Noelle Avila, on Sunday morning. Teammate Don Kelly reported that the child and mother are both doing fine.

Brayan Pena took Avila's place in the lineup Sunday, though he was scheduled to start anyway with southpaw CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees.

• After shaky relief appearances Sunday, southpaw Phil Coke is now sporting a 16.20 ERA (three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings) and Octavio Dotel has a 10.80 mark (two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings). Right-hander Brayan Villarreal has compiled a 33.75 ERA (five runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings).

Worth noting
• The Tigers won four of six contests against the Blue Jays last season.

• Dickey surrendered five runs before recording an out on Sunday. He allowed a total of five first-inning runs -- four earned -- all last season, when he won the National League Cy Young Award with the Mets.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.







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Tiger's MLB Game Notes


INJURY UPDATE:

RF Avisail Garcia (Right heel contusion, 15-day DL retroactive to March 22, 2013).







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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
To track MLB play-by-play: http://m.mlb.com/scores/

On the Internet

MLB.TV
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• SCOREBOARD
Official Press Pass game notes


On television


• Direct TV Extra Innings Schedule


On radio

AND/OR
• XM Channel Schedule







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Up next (Probable Pitchers)
MON, April 08:
OFF DAY


TUE, April 09:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
BLUE JAYS: (RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0, 1.50 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


WED, April 10:
TIGERS: (RHP Rick Porcello (0-1, 5.06 ERA)) VS
BLUE JAYS: (LHP Mark Buehrle (0-0, 10.13 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


THU, April 11:
TIGERS: (RHP Doug Fister (1-0, 5.40 ERA)) VS
BLUE JAYS: (RHP Josh Johnson (0-0, 4.50 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


FRI, April 12:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (1-0, 7.20 ERA)) AT
ATHLETICS: (?HP ? (0-0, -.-- ERA))
10:05 p.m. ET (FS-D / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)







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PostSubject: Re: GDT7: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:58 am

STARTING LINEUPS:


TIGERS

Austin Jackson, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Andy Dirks, DH
Alex Avila, C
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Don Kelly, LF
Omar Infante, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez


BLUE JAYS

Reyes, Js, SS
Cabrera, Me, LF
Bautista, DH
Encarnacion, 1B
Arencibia, C
Rasmus, CF
Davis, R, RF
Izturis, M, 3B
Bonifacio, 2B

P: Brandon Morrow


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PostSubject: Re: GDT7: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:11 pm

TOR - Top 1st
B:3 S:2 O:1
Jose Reyes grounds out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:0 O:1
Melky Cabrera singles on a ground ball to left fielder Don Kelly.

B:0 S:2 O:2
Jose Bautista lines out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:3 O:3
Edwin Encarnacion called out on strikes.


DET - Bot 1st
B:0 S:0 O:1
Austin Jackson flies out to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Torii Hunter grounds out, shortstop Jose Reyes to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder doubles (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Rajai Davis. Miguel Cabrera scores.
1 - 0

B:1 S:2 O:3
Andy Dirks flies out to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

1 - 0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT7: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:14 pm

TOR - Top 2nd
B:2 S:0 O:1
J. P. Arencibia flies out to left fielder Don Kelly.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Colby Rasmus strikes out on a foul tip.

B:3 S:3 O:3
Rajai Davis strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 2nd
B:0 S:0 O:0
Alex Avila homers (2) on a fly ball to right field.
2 - 0

B:0 S:0 O:1
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, shortstop Jose Reyes to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Don Kelly grounds out, second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:3 S:1 O:2
Omar Infante singles on a ground ball to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Austin Jackson flies out to right fielder Rajai Davis.

2 - 0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 3rd
B:3 S:1 O:1
Maicer Izturis grounds out, pitcher Anibal Sanchez to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:0 O:1
Emilio Bonifacio triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Jose Reyes singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Emilio Bonifacio scores.
2 - 1

B:1 S:2 O:2
Melky Cabrera grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder. Jose Reyes to 3rd.

B:0 S:0 O:3
Jose Bautista flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.


DET - Bot 3rd
B:0 S:0 O:0
Torii Hunter doubles (3) on a fly ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:0 S:2 O:1
Miguel Cabrera singles on a ground ball to right fielder Rajai Davis. Torii Hunter out at home on the throw, right fielder Rajai Davis to catcher J. P. Arencibia.

B:2 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:4 S:1 O:2
Andy Dirks walks. Miguel Cabrera to 2nd.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Alex Avila walks. Miguel Cabrera to 3rd. Andy Dirks to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:0 S:2 O:3
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

2 - 1 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT7: 4/09/13 - DET (3-3) VS TOR (2-4) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:46 pm

TOR - Top 4th
B:3 S:2 O:1
Edwin Encarnacion flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:3 S:3 O:2
J. P. Arencibia strikes out swinging.

B:4 S:1 O:2
Colby Rasmus walks.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Rajai Davis called out on strikes.


DET - Bot 4th
B:2 S:2 O:1
Don Kelly pops out to shortstop Jose Reyes.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Omar Infante flies out to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:0 S:2 O:2
Torii Hunter singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Austin Jackson to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:3 S:1 O:2
Miguel Cabrera homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Austin Jackson scores. Torii Hunter scores.
5 - 1

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change: Brett Cecil replaces Brandon Morrow.


B:4 S:2 O:2
Prince Fielder walks.

B:0 S:0 O:3
Andy Dirks grounds out, second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

5 - 1 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 5th
B:1 S:1 O:1
Maicer Izturis grounds out, pitcher Anibal Sanchez to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Injury Delay.

B:2 S:3 O:2
Emilio Bonifacio called out on strikes.

B:3 S:2 O:2
Jose Reyes singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson.

With Melky Cabrera batting, Jose Reyes steals (3) 2nd base.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Melky Cabrera singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson. Jose Reyes scores.
5 - 2

B:0 S:0 O:3
Jose Bautista grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 5th
B:1 S:1 O:1
Alex Avila flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:2 S:0 O:2
Jhonny Peralta flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Don Kelly grounds out, shortstop Jose Reyes to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

5 - 2 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 6th
B:3 S:2 O:1
Edwin Encarnacion pops out to second baseman Omar Infante in foul territory.

B:1 S:3 O:2
J. P. Arencibia strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 6th
Pitching Change: Esmil Rogers replaces Brett Cecil.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Omar Infante flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Austin Jackson flies out to right fielder Rajai Davis in foul territory.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Torii Hunter singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. (2000TH CAREER HIT!)

B:0 S:2 O:3
Miguel Cabrera pops out to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

5 - 2 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 7th
B:1 S:2 O:1
Rajai Davis flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Maicer Izturis grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Emilio Bonifacio grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 7th
B:4 S:2 O:0
Prince Fielder walks.

B:1 S:2 O:0
Andy Dirks singles on a ground ball to right fielder Rajai Davis. Prince Fielder to 2nd.

B:2 S:0 O:0
Alex Avila singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Prince Fielder to 3rd. Andy Dirks to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Jhonny Peralta pops out to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio on the infield fly rule.

B:2 S:0 O:2
Don Kelly lines out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Omar Infante grounds out to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

5 - 2 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 8th
Pitching Change: Drew Smyly replaces Anibal Sanchez.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Jose Reyes bunt pops out to pitcher Drew Smyly.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Melky Cabrera singles on a line drive to left fielder Don Kelly.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Jose Bautista flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change:
Al Alburquerque replaces Drew Smyly.


B:2 S:2 O:3
Edwin Encarnacion grounds into a force out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to second baseman Omar Infante. Melky Cabrera out at 2nd.


DET - Bot 8th
Pitching Change: Darren Oliver replaces Esmil Rogers.

B:3 S:2 O:0
Austin Jackson reaches on a throwing error by third baseman Maicer Izturis. Austin Jackson to 3rd.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Torii Hunter grounds out, third baseman Maicer Izturis to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Austin Jackson scores.
6 - 2

B:3 S:2 O:1
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to right fielder Rajai Davis. Miguel Cabrera to 2nd.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Tuiasosopo replaces Andy Dirks.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change:
Edgar Gonzalez replaces Darren Oliver.


B:1 S:0 O:1
Matt Tuiasosopo doubles (1) on a line drive to left fielder Melky Cabrera. Miguel Cabrera scores. Prince Fielder to 3rd.
7 - 2

B:0 S:0 O:2
Alex Avila flies out to left fielder Melky Cabrera.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Jhonny Peralta strikes out swinging.

7 - 2 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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TOR - Top 9th
Matt Tuiasosopo remains in the game as the designated hitter.

Pitching Change: Joaquin Benoit replaces Al Alburquerque.

B:3 S:3 O:1
J. P. Arencibia strikes out swinging.

B:2 S:1 O:1
Colby Rasmus homers (3) on a fly ball to right field.
7 - 3

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam Lind replaces Rajai Davis.

B:2 S:1 O:1
Adam Lind doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Maicer Izturis flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:0 S:2 O:3
Emilio Bonifacio grounds out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to first baseman Prince Fielder.

TIGERS WIN 7-3

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W: Sanchez, An
L: Morrow


Game Info

Pitches-strikes: Morrow 83-52, Cecil 16-9, Rogers
33-20, Oliver 17-10, Gonzalez, E 8-5, Sanchez, An 114-72, Smyly 7-5, Alburquerque 5-3, Benoit 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Morrow 4-5, Cecil 2-2, Rogers 1-2, Oliver 2-0, Gonzalez, E 0-1, Sanchez, An 7-4, Smyly 0-1, Alburquerque 1-0, Benoit 1-1.
Batters faced: Morrow 21, Cecil 5, Rogers 10, Oliver 4, Gonzalez, E 3, Sanchez, An 27, Smyly 3, Alburquerque 1, Benoit 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Gonzalez, E 2-1, Alburquerque 1-0.
Umpires: HP: John Tumpane. 1B: Dana DeMuth. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Doug Eddings.
Weather: 48 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:55.
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Don Kelly’s catch (AP)
Game 7: Stars line up for Don Kelly
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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm


If Victor Martinez doesn’t cut his thumb open on the bat rack in the Tigers dugout Sunday afternoon, there is no Don Kelly highlight on Tuesday. Figures.

The Martinez injury wasn’t public until he was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday. With Martinez out, Jim Leyland shifted Andy Dirks to designated hitter. Don Kelly, 2-for-4 off Brandon Morrow from 2010 to 2011, took Dirks’ place in left field.

Would Dirks have gotten to J.P. Arencibia’s drive to left in the second inning Tuesday? Good question. Kelly does have a height and a reach advantage, which lends itself to plays at the fence. He also has a history of taking away home runs.

He was starting in left field for the injured Dirks last June 2 against the Yankees when Mark Teixeira sent a ball deep to left. Kelly kept his feet under him and timed his jump to get his glove over the fence in time to get the ball.

Tuesday’s grab was different. (Click here for the highlight)

“Teixeira’s, I was able to get back there. It was higher,” Kelly said. “This one, I didn’t have a chance to get back to the fence and jump. It was just all at one time.”

This one was more of a mad dash, ending with more of an impact with the fence, right around his shoulder.

“You know you’re going to hit it,” Kelly said. “I’m just glad it’s a fence. I ran into the one in Cleveland. That’s just straight wall. That didn’t feel good.”

It was only one run leading off the inning, but it was a big early play nonetheless, coming on the heels of the Tigers tallying the opening run in the previous inning. It seemed to set a tone for the rest of Sanchez’s outing.

“After that play, I think something good is coming,” said Anibal Sanchez, who gave up single runs in the third and fifth innings but lasted seven with eight strikeouts, never relinquishing the lead.

It didn’t set a tone for Kelly at the plate, going 0-for-4 on the day. He had a line drive to center field with the bases loaded late that could’ve been a sacrifice fly, but the sharpness of it left Prince Fielder caught off base when Colby Rasmus made the catch, forcing Fielder to scramble back to third rather than take off for home.

Still, for somebody who ended up making a spot start Monday, Kelly made his impact on the scoreboard as well as the fence.

“You have to give Skip credit for being able to incorporate everybody, that everybody has a specific role on the team,” catcher Alex Avila said. “Donnie’s had it for several years on this team where he’s always had to fight in Spring Training for his job and every time he always has a big impact on the year — last year, coming back from Toledo, hitting a game-winning sacrifice fly in the playoffs. Throughout the year, ever since I’ve been here, he’s always been a big part of the team as far as doing something defensively or getting a big hit. I remember two years ago he hit a home run off [Alexi] Ogando where none of us could touch him.

“He’s a guy you should never count out. He’s just a good athlete, a guy that knows baseball, plays the game the right way, and is versatile.”

Play of the game:
Brandon Morrow had been playing with fire all game with his ability to get swings and misses off his slider. It wasn’t just the strikeouts he was missing, but the third outs, including Torii Hunter with two strikeouts. Once Morrow had a 3-1 count on Miguel Cabrera, he had little choice but to challenge him and paid for it.

Biggest out: The Tigers kept Jose Bautista hitless Tuesday, including a flyout to right in the third inning after Jose Reyes had singled in Emilio Bonifacio and gone all the way to third on Melky Cabrera’s groundout. The Jays were a hit away from turning that into a game-tying rally and possibly something more.

Strategy: Leyland had a little bit of a surprise by bringing in Drew Smyly for the start of the eighth inning, but took him out after Bautista flied out to deep center field against him. With a 5-2 lead at the time and Edwin Encarnacion due up, Leyland didn’t want to take away chances. He opted for Al Alburquerque there instead.

“They had never seen him before,” Leyland said of Smyly, “so I thought it was a good thing. But when a couple righties after the first out smoked the ball pretty good, I went to Alburquerque hoping to end the inning, which he did. … Truth be known, you could’ve brought in the righty to face Bautista, but I just felt that they hadn’t seen Smyly. He’s throwing pretty good. He got one quick on the pop-up on the [Jose Reyes] bunt.”

Smyly threw so few pitches that he’s expected to be available in a long relief role Wednesday if needed.

Strategy, part II: In hindsight, the decision by third-base coach Tom Brookens to send Hunter home was due to get second-guessed. It wasn’t the arm in right field, but it was shallow enough that Rajai Davis could get a running start on it and fire home.

“That’s one [third base coach Tom Brookens] would like to have back, I would think with no outs,” Leyland said. “With two outs, maybe one out, that’s a little different situation. That’s one he’d probably like to have back.”


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