Still, Moya said he's fine with that, having played two of his 12 Major League games in left, with the other 10 being in right. He had a .310 batting average at Toledo with nine homers and 24 RBIs.
"I just want to play and enjoy the game and do [well] and help the team win," said Moya, the Tigers' No. 10 prospect. "I feel good. Who's not going to be happy to be in the big leagues?"
Hardy was sent down with a 0-0 record and a 2.45 ERA in six games. Moya, who singled in his first at-bat of the season, could help the Tigers in this four-game series, as the Orioles are loaded with right-handed pitchers.
In addition to Moya, Justin Upton was in a position he's not used to playing. In his 1,218th Major League game, he played center field for the first time, although he did play there some in the Minors.
Ausmus said that the dimensions of Oriole Park -- it's smaller than some other stadiums -- helped his decisions. The skipper said he'd consider using Upton in center field at home if needed, but Cameron Maybin is working his way back on a rehab assignment and getting closer.
"I'm not cowering in the corner [about this]," Ausmus said. "If [Upton] does really well [in center], he'll probably be there tomorrow."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.