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DETROIT -- There is an unsettling notion flying around Comerica Park and it goes a little something like this: Quintin Berry's roster spot is still up in the air.
No, it's true. Even after this scalding cup of coffee has managed to inject a little life into the Tigers over the last couple of weeks.
Quintin Berry is fast. He plays his tail off. His swing is improving. Most important, he's exciting. Like color-changing FunDip, stick-a-fork-in-a-socket exciting.
He's so geeked up on baseball, it's a miracle his hair doesn't stand on end when he takes off his hat.
When he rounds second, he defies no less than seven laws of physics. His leads are suicidal. His swing is, too. He's a beautiful train-wrecked blur of a ballplayer, and the Tigers can't send him back to Toledo. They just can't.
Through Friday, the 27-year-old center fielder was hitting .363 in his 10 games with the Tigers. He's stolen five bases already 25 percent more then what they had produced before he arrived hit a triple and has owned center field. He also reminds us that, yes, fast players are just more fun to watch. And tougher to pitch around.
"It was definitely tough. You have to worry," Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia said following his team's 9-4 victory. "When he doubles to lead off, you're worried about him on second, trying to steal third, so I tried to do a few things to make sure he stayed put.
"But they ended up getting him over anyway."
Berry isn't just a one-trick pony. Against Sabathia, arguably the AL's best left-handed starter for the better part of a decade, Berry went 3-for-5 with a single, a double and a triple.
Question his glove? Check out this catch.
"He's tough, a tough out," Sabathia said. "You know, especially being a lefty, and not facing him before, he definitely put some good swings on some good pitches.
"He took some tough pitches, I thought, and hit some balls hard that were up in the zone."
This is a Tigers team that promised sizzle AND steak back in January, when they reeled in the marlin (who was actually a Brewer). All the Tigers have delivered, though, is something resembling a frozen, microwavable pot-roast dish.
What Berry brings to the table is unique, profound, and oohwee is he fun to watch.
Which is why the Tigers shouldn't give the fans at Fifth Third Field the opportunity see it any longer.
BEST OF MAXIM
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Justin Verlander can pitch.
He has an MVP and Cy Young in his back pocket to prove it.
But can he hit?
No so much. He's 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts in the majors.
Verlander is determined to change that when interleague play resumes for the Tigers next weekend in Cinncinati, where he's scheduled to start on June 9. He's working on his hitting and showed signs of coming...
The Tigers got a rare dose of good news Thursday afternoon.
In a season where simply getting over .500 has seemed like a Herculean task, the Tigers found out that No. 2 starter Doug Fister does not have a serious injury to his rib-cage cartilage, and should miss a shorter period of time than he did when he was out from April 7 to May 7 with the same injury.
That's a relief...
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Although neither one of Cabrera's two homers proved to be the game-winner in the Detroit Tigers' 4-3 walk-off victory over the New York Yankees Saturday night in front of 44,593 at Comerica Park, they had everyone buzzing after the game.
The first one came when Cabrera led off the fourth inning...
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23-27, 3rd place, 5.5 games behind CWS (who have won 8 in a row).
Short and sweet for the Win.
1. Berry, CF
2. Boesch, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH (Maybe Verlander should DH)
6. Avila, C
7. Peralta, SS
8. Kelly, LF
9. Worth, 2B
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