Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/3/12
DETROIT -- Until 2009, Southfield, Mich., native Darin Downs never thought he'd be compared to Harry Potter. Since one terrifying moment that summer, though, he's been "The Pitcher Who Lived." Downs was called up to the Tigers on Tuesday and is ready to make his major-league debut, but he knows that things could have been much different. On Aug. 17, 2009, Downs was pitching for Double-A Montgomery when he was hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Christian Marrero. "I remember everything," he said Tuesday. "The count, the hitter, the score and who we were playing." His memory wasn't the problem. Downs was unable to speak and had lost the use of the right side of his face. Within minutes, while vomiting blood, he was being rushed to a nearby hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He had a fractured skull and dangerous swelling of his brain. The attending doctor told his fiancee Christy that Downs was in serious danger. The neurosurgeons decided not to do surgery, and Downs...
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