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Tigers Skipper Weighs In On Home-Plate Collisions

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SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17:  Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners is tagged out at home for the final out as catcher Brayan Pena #55 of the Detroit Tigers displays the ball to the umpire after a collision in the fourteenth inning at Safeco Field on April 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 2-1.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 17: Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners is tagged out at home for the final out as catcher Brayan Pena #55 of the Detroit Tigers displays the ball to the umpire after a collision in the fourteenth inning at Safeco Field on April 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 2-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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The Tigers won Wednesday’s game against the Mariners by the slimmest of margins, as catcher Brayan Pena held on for the final out after a collision at home plate with Justin Smoak in the 14th inning. If Tigers manager Jim Leyland had his way, Pena never would have been in harm’s way to get the final out.

“That’s one of those other controversial things they’re talking about maybe changing, where guys have got to slide,” Leyland told MLB.com. “I’m hoping it happens.”

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