DETROIT It's not every day that there are three plays at the plate and the worse collision occurs when the catcher gets run over by his own teammate.
That's what happened to Tigers catcher Gerald Laird in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins.
With runners at first and second and nobody out, Jamey Carroll hit a pop-up near the third-base line. Laird went for it, pitcher Rick Porcello went for it and first baseman Prince Fielder went for it all at the same time.
"It was up in the air, Prince was calling it and I felt like I was right underneath it and just for whatever reason, didn't peel off in time to get out of there," Porcello said. "It got knocked out of my hand or I didn't grasp it."
The result was a collision in which Fielder ran over Laird and the ball ended up on the ground after popping out of Porcello's glove. Porcello received an error on the play.
"You tell your players to be aggressive, a...