DETROIT -- The Tigers are losing players so quickly that they might have to cancel Magglio Ordonez's retirement ceremony on Sunday and put him on the roster instead.
They went into Friday's game against the Yankees with a patchwork lineup and a shortened bench, then lost yet another player. This time, it was temporary designated hitter Gerald Laird, who tweaked his right hamstring while beating out an infield single.
Laird was called safe after a head-first slide into the bag -- replays showed he was out -- but he said that the dive hadn't been part of his plan.
"I was about two steps from the bag when I felt the tweak," he said. "I don't like diving -- it is too easy to get stepped on or to jam something into the bag -- but I didn't want to keep running all out and pull it even worse."
Laird thought the injury might have come from being the DH during a chilly game.
"It's a cold night, and you are sitting there just watching most of the time," he said. "Then you have to go in a...