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The end of Laird's slump left Leyland itchy

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Catcher Gerald Laird started the season with 17 unsuccessful at-bats. (To be fair, he did have a successful plate appearance when he was hit by a pitch.)

Finally, the 0-for-17 streak was ended with a hit. Laird was relieved. Manager Jim Leyland was ... itchy?

Tom Gage's blog picks up the story:

After Gerald Laird got his first hit on Sunday, the next time he and manager Jim Leyland were at the mound, Leyland got on his case.

"He started scratching his arm, like he'd gotten a case of poison ivy," said Laird.

"I told him I'd broken out in a rash because he'd gotten a hit," said Leyland.

Laird was a bit frustrated at how long it took to get a hit, which might confirm what FS Detroit color commentator Rod Allen thought: Laird was pressing a bit to make something happen.

Laird told Gage:

"If it was during the middle of the season, you wouldn't even know, but it was out of the gate, so you start thinking about it a little more," Laird said. "Some people in the crowd felt bad for me, some were on me. I wasn't getting it done.

"Hopefully that's behind me now."

Here's some fun stats from the media notes Monday (I love this stuff!):

  • Miguel Cabrera reached base safely in all six trips to the plate Sunday against the Indians. That was a career first for Cabrera, and the first time a Tigers player has reached base safely six times in a nine-inning game since Carlos Pena on May 27, 2004.
  • The last time the Tigers left 18 men on base -- as they did Sunday -- was in 1931.
  • Direct quote here: Magglio Ordonez is hitting .413 (78-for-189) with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 24 RBI over his last 55 games dating back to August 4, 2009
  • The Tigers are 3-1 when opponents score first and 2-1 when they do.
  • Last week, Max Scherzer became just the second Tigers pitcher since at least 1920 to work six-or-more innings and allow one hit-or-less in his Tigers debut.
  • The other? Armando Galarraga.

In other news:

  • Cabrera was named AL player of the week.