"What it was, I had a moment," McCann said. "[Third baseman] Nick [Castellanos] was running across the field to get in the shift defense. So I was sitting there thinking, 'Man, if we strike someone out in this situation, do I throw it around to short or I throw it to first?' So that was the last thought in my mind.
"I knew there were two outs, but that was the last thought. So as soon as [Verlander] struck him out, I said, 'OK, I'll throw it short.'"
Eugenio Suarez took the throw. Verlander, who had taken a step, paused for a second in confusion.
"I think everybody got him pretty good in the dugout," Verlander said. "Everybody was like, 'We play three outs in this league.' I told him that too."
The Tigers do not have a kangaroo court for such matters, so McCann eluded a fine for his throw.
"No fine," regular catcher Alex Avila said after a long laugh, "but a lot of ribbing."
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