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Fielder, Jackson Get A Rest Late In Blowout Loss

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BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 14: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers waits to bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 14: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers waits to bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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1B Prince Fielder was given three innings off Tuesday night, removed in a one-sided loss so he could get a little bit of rest. Fielder played the first six innings and was taken out for a pinch runner after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. He’ll start again Wednesday. Fielder has been given the option at least twice this season by manager Jim Leyland to serve as a designated hitter rather than play first base as a way to get him off his feet for part of a game. In each instance, Fielder has declined. “That’s a common-sense thing,” Leyland said, “particularly with Prince and Miguel (Cabrera). They play every day. The only thing is, the fans come out to see them.”

–CF Austin Jackson batted just three times Tuesday night before being removed after six innings in a blowout loss. Because Jackson did not reach base, his streak of scoring at least one run in every game ended at 13, the longest such streak by a Tiger since OF Johnny Groth had a 13-game stretch in 1950.

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