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Holaday Takes Over Behind Plate With Avila Hurt

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LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Bryan Holaday #76 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Bryan Holaday #76 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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C Bryan Holaday had his contract purchased by Detroit from its Class AAA Toledo affiliate, and he was in the starting lineup, batting ninth. Holaday got his first major league hit, a single to left, as part of a four-run sixth inning. To make room for him on the roster, the Tigers designated C Omir Santos for assignment. Santos hit .125 in three games but had a game-winning sacrifice fly. “Holaday has a lot of energy,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s a terrific thrower.” He was the Tigers’ sixth-round choice in 2010 out of Texas Christian and is the third position player from that draft class to play in the majors. His teammate, LHP Drew Smyly, was Detroit’s second-round choice in 2010. Leyland said if it were just a matter of backing up, the choice would have been Santos, but Holaday was the preference because he’s going to have to play a lot while C Alex Avila, who went on the disabled list, and C Gerald Laird recover from hamstring injuries.

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