Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/20/12
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera has said it all along the Tigers are not just him, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. For the Tigers to be successful, it's going to take everyone on the team. Three of those other people came through Sunday as the Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, and won the three-game series, 2-1. Jhonny Peralta had the Tigers' first run, a solo homer in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1. He also reached base via a hit by pitch and a walk, scoring after the walk. For the series, Peralta was 4-for-8 with the home run. After a slow start, hitting just .236 in April, Peralta is batting over .300 in May, 16-for-51. Also coming to life is Delmon Young, who was 5-for-11 against the Pirates, including an RBI single in the seventh that tied the game at 2. "Hes been good for the last three days," manager Jim Leyland said. "Ive been waiting for him, and these last three days, hes been good. Im just hoping we can keep that going. "Because Delmons too good a hitter, and hes a run producer. Thats how I look at Delmon Young. I dont look at Delmon Young as a home-run hitter. I look at Delmon Young as a run producer that hits home runs sometimes ... a line-drive hitter who hits home runs. Thats when hes at his best. And thats why we wanted him last year. He produces runs, when hes right." Brennan Boesch did not have a hit Sunday, but he had a career-best 12-game hitting streak coming into the game. Finally, there's Alex Avila, who was the starting catcher for the American League All-Stars last season. He came into the game batting just .218. He only had one hit Sunday but it drove in two runs and proved to be the game-winner. It also helped give Max Scherzer the victory. "It was great," Avila said. "Makes up definitely for some of the hard-hit balls right at guys, squeezing one through there and getting a big hit. We've wasted a lot of good performances this year so far, so glad we didn't waste that one." Jackson update Austin Jackson has been able to do a few more things since suffering a mild abdominal strain Wednesday night, but he's still not ready to go yet. "It's still sore," Jackson said. "I'm able to take some swings in the cage off the tee and take some soft toss but running didn't go as well as I would have liked it to go. It's just still a couple days, I guess, from getting that soreness out, where I'm able to get that full range of motion freely." Jackson remains hopeful that he'll be able to play at some point in the upcoming three-game series in Cleveland, which starts Tuesday. "That's what I'm hoping for, that's what we're shooting for right now," Jackson said. I think I'm going to come in for a little bit (Monday) before we leave and do some treatment on it and see how that goes. Then probably continue to do the same thing in Cleveland, I would imagine, probably get there early and just see how it goes." Lots of fans On Sunday, the Tigers had another sellout crowd of 39,971. It brought the weekend total to 124,585, the largest three-game series attendance this season. No doubt the Tigers will surpass that mark when the New York Yankees come to town in early June.
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