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Leyland Plans To Make Infante An Everyday Player

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 24: Newly acquired players Omar Infante #18 and Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers shag balls in the outfield during batting practice prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 24: Newly acquired players Omar Infante #18 and Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers shag balls in the outfield during batting practice prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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2B Omar Infante will hit ninth against right-handers and second against southpaws, and he’ll play nearly every day. Infante made his second Detroit debut Tuesday night in Cleveland in his return to the Tigers, and he collected one single in four at-bats as manager Jim Leyland’s No. 9 hitter. “Put this in your notes so you don’t have to ask me again,” Leyland said of hitting Infante second or ninth. “Second base has not been a very productive spot for us this year. Hopefully it will become more productive now. Infante is our second baseman as of today. That’s why we got him. If he needs a rest, I’ll give him a rest.”

–RHP Doug Fister wasn’t at his best Tuesday at Cleveland, but he gave Detroit a chance to win, although he wound up taking the loss. Fister threw a lot of strikes, and he benefited from three double plays, but five of the nine hits he allowed came on a 1-2 or 0-2 pitch, and another was on a full count. “The finish was one of my problems, not finishing enough and not executing when I have to,” Fister said. He was up in the strike zone a lot, which wasn’t the case in his previous two starts.

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