LAKELAND, Fla. -- Matt Tuiasosopo has always had faith -- in himself and in God.
That faith paid off Tuesday afteroon when Tigers manager Jim Leyland called the versatile non-roster invitee into his office to tell him he had made the big-league club as a bench player.
"Nobody knows how this is going to play out, but if ever there was a guy that came in and opened your eyes up and deserved a shot -- the way he's performed and the way he's gone about his business -- it's him," Leyland said. "He's stung the ball. He's hit the ball out of the ballpark. He's hit the ball hard. He's played first. He's played third. He's played in the outfield pretty well.
"I think it's a great story, and I think you're supposed to reward people like that."
Tuiasosopo, 26, said he didn't feel nervous at all when he went into Leyland's office.
"I was more excited," Tuiasosopo said. "He was either going to tell me I made it or I didn't.
"Like I've been this whole camp, at peace with going about my work...