Manager Jim Leyland already had a good reason to like new reliever Collin Balester.
"He married a girl from Perrysburg, Ohio, my hometown," Leyland said. "So he can't be all bad."
Balester agreed it was unusual that his wife Ashley already had that connection with his new manager.
"She went to Ohio State and I met her when I was playing in Columbus," said Balester, who played there in 2007-08. "She's from Perrysburg, Ohio, so it's kind of weird."
Although the California native has spent his entire career in the MontrealWashington organization after being chosen by the Expos in the fourth round of the June 2004 draft, he actually welcomed the trade to Detroit. Ryan Perry went to the Nationals.
"I was pretty happy," Balester said. "It was a good adjustment because I've been with the same team for eight years, just kind of a fresh start, coming to a great team like this it's going to be a lot of fun, just learning a lot of things. I'm just excited for the season to start."