DETROIT -- There will be two tall, talented Venezuelans playing for the Tigers Saturday night.
One is veteran Miguel Cabrera, one of the top MVP candidates in the American League. The other will be rookie Avisail Garcia, 21, making his first major league start.
The 6-foot-4 Garcia made his big-league debut when he came into Friday night's game as a defensive replacement in right field in the eighth inning.
Garcia said he heard he was being called up from Erie SeaWolves manager Chris Cron.
"He said, 'You're going to the big leagues,'" Garcia said. "I said, 'No way.' He said, 'Yeah, you have to hurry up and take the car and go to Detroit.
"I said, 'Thank you so much for everything.' I was really happy."
With the success he had at Double-A, batting .312 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 55 games, Garcia knew he had a chance to get the call.
"I just knew I had to play hard and they will make a decision," Garcia said. "'Me or (Nick) Castellanos, me or Castellanos?' Everybody said...