Berry, Berry extraordinary
A little sick, Tigers manager Jim Leyland reported before Sunday's game, when he inserted Berry into the No. 2 hole in the lineup, right behind Austin Jackson.
"Trying to get a little energy at the top, a little speed. Why not?" Leyland said pregame. "Perfect time. This is what a team’s about. If you look at the lineup, I played Berry, I played (Don) Kelly. I want some energy today.
"These other guys have been playing all the time. I want to get Miggy (Cabrera, Sunday's DH) off his feet for a day. Get Berry in there, some speed, a little different look.
"That’s what a team’s all about. If we can win this game today, it’s really good tonic for our team."
"Hopefully, they don’t expect this to happen everyday — because it’s not. ... I’m not going to try to keep doing that, because realistically, we all know it’s something that doesn’t happen very often."
• In the first inning, he fell behind Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie, 0-2, but singled through the right side of the infield. He was later erased on Cabrera's 6-4-3 double play.
• In the third inning, Berry got a reprieve when Guthrie and catcher Wil Nieves couldn't converge on his foul pop up, allowing it to fall as a harmless strike. Guthrie was charged with an error on the play, and Berry made him pay by scorching the ball over shortstop Marco Scutaro's head into shallow left field. He'd go to second on a Guthrie balk, then score on Prince Fielder's RBI double to the right-center field gap.
• Berry would lead off the fourth with a single up the middle, steal second, daringly move to third on a groundout by Cabrera in front of him, but get gunned out at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Fielder to second baseman Chris Nelson.
• In the sixth, with Jackson having singled, Berry got a fastball to hit, shooting it into left-center field, putting Jackson on third, where he'd score on a double down the left-field line by Cabrera. He'd be stranded there when Brennan Boesch grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
• In the eighth, with Gerald Laird on ahead of him with a single, Berry shot the ball toward Scutaro at shortstop, and beat out the infield single when it went off Scutaro's glove. It was ruled a base hit.
"I was glancin’ up at that scoreboard for a while, I’m not going to lie. It could’ve went either way. Luckily, had a little home-court advantage there, helped out. They gave it to me," Berry said with a laugh, admitting he'd waited on the scoring decision.
"I’ll take it."
"That’s the kind of thing you don’t think of when you’re hitting in the leadoff spot or the nine hole, because you’re always hitting behind somebody who doesn’t run."