Alex Avila, who has burst onto the Major League scene as one of the game's best catchers this season, played third base for the first time in his career Friday. It didn't go as smoothly as Leyland and the Tigers would have hoped, as Avila let a ground ball go through his legs in a six-run second inning. Prior to the game, Avila -- who played third and first during his first couple of seasons at the University of Alabama -- said he felt comfortable at the hot corner. "It's kind of like riding a bike," Avila said. "Once you start doing it, you just kind of remember things that are there, and the biggest thing with any position is just trusting your instincts." Detroit's regular third baseman, Brandon Inge, has been on the disabled list since June 2 with mononucleosis. He went 0-for-4 in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Rockies: Blackmon at leadoff?
Charlie Blackmon continued the torrid start to his Major League career with a 4-for-4 performance Friday, and now is hitting .410 in his first 10 games. Prior to Friday's win, Rockies manager Jim Tracy talked about the possibility of the rookie outfielder leading off at some point. "Am I ready to do it in the next couple days? No," Tracy said. "But do I see Charlie Blackmon as a guy that you can sit and consider taking at-bats in the leadoff spot? Sure you can." Blackmon also has five stolen bases. Rockies right-hander pitcher Esmil Rogers (right lat muscle) was pulled from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs because of a new injury to his midsection. Worth noting
Miguel Cabrera is hitting .405 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 34 career games against Colorado. Jimenez has lost both of his previous starts against the Tigers, going 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA.