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Tigers' Daniel Norris leaves game with right oblique strain

Young Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris was having a good game both on the mound and at the plate before suffering an oblique strain Wednesday in Chicago.

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris was having a pretty decent night against the Cubs on Wednesday going into the fifth inning with a 7-3 lead helped in part by hitting a home run in his first plate appearance. However, with only two outs left to be eligible for the win, Norris came up grimacing after a pitch to Kyle Schwarber. The Tigers later announced the injury as a right oblique strain.

Catcher James McCann almost immediately signaled to the Tigers' dugout after the last pitch to Schwarber, bringing manager Brad Ausmus and a trainer to the field to check on Norris. After a couple of practice throws, it was clear that Norris was not healthy enough to continue.

Norris allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk. The Tigers' bullpen did not allow any of the inherited runners of the fifth inning to score. All three runs came via the home run. However, Norris did strike out six. He threw 81 pitches, 54 of which were strikes.

At the plate, Norris hit a home run to center field in his career-first plate appearance and walked in his second one. He struck out to end of top of the fifth inning.