During Monday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland, Prince Fielder left his post at first base and sprinted across the diamond to receive a throw and tag out speedster Michael Brantley. Brantley had been caught in a rundown but saw that third base wasn't occupied. That's when Fielder rushed across the field to record the out.
Manager Jim Leyland lauded Fielder's instincts.
"It's not drawn up like that in the book," Leyland said, "but that's OK."
How have the Tigers won 14 of their last 17 contests?
"We've got exactly the combinations going that we didn't have going when we weren't playing very well," Leyland said. "We have good starting pitching, timely hitting, two-out RBIs, good defense. Earlier on we were inconsistent with starting pitching, our defense was inconsistent and we weren't getting many big hits. We've turned that around during this stretch."