Touch 'Em All: Detroit's Fielder shows some big hustle

Posted: July 20, 2012

Here's a sight sure to chill an infielder's blood: Detroit's massive Prince Fielder chugging his way into second trying to stretch a single and sliding in ahead of the tag.

The Tigers slugger did just that in the second inning of a 5-1 win over the Angels on Thursday and in the process knocked Los Angeles second baseman Maicer Izturis into a snack bar on the mezzanine of Comerica Park. Fielder later scored Detroit's first run on a Jhonny Peralta double.

"I gave myself a little headache," Fielder said of the play after the game. "I don't know what I hit, but I was a little dizzy." (Hint, big guy - you hit one of those pesky little infielders who dot the basepaths.)

No word from Izturis - they're still trying to find him.

Reggie's back

Reggie Jackson was back with the New York Yankees uniform in Oakland for Thursday night's series opener against the Athletics. The Hall of Famer from Cheltenham, a special adviser to the team, had been banished from the pinstripes after he was critical of Yanks third baseman Alex Rodriguez and others in a story in Sports Illustrated.

But Mr. October said he made a mistake in saying A-Rod's stats were tainted by the erstwhile slugger's admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs, so the Bombers decided it was safe to let him near the cage for batting practice.

Close one - wouldn't want those candid comments to catch on with these modern day athletes.

Around the bigs

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is expected to be back for the 2013 season after neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery Thursday to repair a nerve injury in his right shoulder. The 37-year-old righthander hasn't pitched all season and hasn't been on the mound since winning Game 7 of the 2011 World Series against Texas. . . . Looks as if Minnesota righthander Matt Capps, who hit the DL on Tuesday with irritation in his rotator cuff, will likely be out for some time. Here's a clue from Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire: "He's not even going to pick up a baseball until he's healthy." . . . Catcher Jason Kendall, who has not played in nearly 23 months after undergoing two shoulder surgeries, signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas Royals and was assigned to their double-A affiliate, the mellifluously monikered Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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