DETROIT Austin Jackson was smiling as widely as Matt Tuiasosopo when Tuiasosopo returned to the dugout after crushing a three-run homer Friday night at Comerica Park.
Man, he was sprinting around the bases, Jackson said. So, I decided to mess with Matt. I said, That ball was hit hard! Why did you run so fast?
Tuiasosopo replied: I wanted to get in and celebrate with you guys.
That homer in the fourth inning off right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro made it 10-0 for the Tigers, and thats the way it stayed as starter Anibal Sanchez struck out a club-record 17 Atlanta Braves in eight innings.
However, the two-out, two-run single Tuiasosopo drilled through the hole into left field in the third inning was the biggest hit of the game. It made it 4-0 against left-hander Paul Maholm, who had allowed just five runs in 25 13 innings this season.
Tuiasosopo had watched Maholm pitch on his iPad for several days and viewed more videotape of him at Comerica Park, displaying the preparation ...