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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dirks' miscue officially changed from 2B to E7 after MLB review

An official Major League Baseball review of a scoring play has changed Andy Dirks misplay of a Tyler Flowers line drive — originally ruled a double — to an error, it was announced Saturday.

As a result, the four runs scored against Justin Verlander later that inning are now unearned, lowering his season ERA from 3.74 to 3.50.

The play came in the bottom of the fourth inning of a tie game between the Tigers and White Sox. With one out, and runners on first and second, Flowers lifted a 2-2 pitch on a line toward left field. Dirks misplayed the ball, which glanced off his glove, and the runner from second scored.

“It was a ball I should have caught,” Dirks admitted to reporters after the game, “but I just missed it — a big play, but I didn’t make it. That’s the bottom line.”

The inning snowballed on Verlander, who would get a strikeout before giving up an RBI single to Alexei Ramirez and a two-run single to Alex Rios. 

The Tigers would end up losing the game, 7-4.

It was just the second error of the season for Dirks, who ranks seventh among MLB left-fielders with a .988 fielding percentage.


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