DETROIT -- It was a dangerous day for pitchers in general and a pretty tough one for the Tigers' bullpen.
Pitchers were getting hit -- literally. Those that weren't couldn't seem to find the plate.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle was hit on the foot on a double-play ball by Alex Avila in the second inning, but remained in the game.
Detroit reliever Darin Downs managed to duck out of the way of a come-backer off the bat of Melky Cabrera in the seventh inning. Downs was nearly killed on a similar play in the minor leagues.
"You can't (think about it)," Downs said. "... It's happened many times. It's nothing big. I've been hit, too, hit in the leg."
Toronto reliever Darren Oliver, 42, took a shot off the arm on a ball hit by Austin Jackson but stayed in to pitch the eighth.
Most cringe-worthy was Octavio Dotel, who got the final two outs of the seventh and came back out for the eighth. Emilio Bonifacio greeted him with a shot that hit Dotel where no man wants to be hit.