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Tigers fan avoids infamy after home run stands

DETROIT — The crowd at Comerica Park roared its approval when Detroit's tying homer against Oakland was upheld by a video review.

John Bendzinski might have been the happiest fan there.

"I was relieved," Bendzinski said during Game 4, which Detroit won 8-6 Tuesday night to send the AL Division Series to a decisive fifth game in Oakland. "These guys were all going after the ball and I cleared them all out. It was unbelievable, baby!"

Instead of joining infamous fans Jeffrey Maier and Steve Bartman, the suburban Detroit chef is simply a guy with a story to tell his friends.

Tigers DH Victor Martinez connected in the seventh inning, but the drive to right was disputed by the A's because two fans appeared to interfere with the ball that RF Josh Reddick leaped for.

After looking at replays, an umpire twirled his right finger in the air to signal the homer stood.

"It was clear he was not going to catch the ball, so it was clearly going to be a home run," said Gary Darling, the crew chief and rightfield umpire. "There wasn't any other evidence on replay to turn it another way."

AT THE READY: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said RHP Lance Lynn, chased in the fifth inning of Game 2, and rookie RHP Shelby Miller will be available in the bullpen for tonight's Game 5 of their NLDS against the Pirates. RHP Adam Wainwright is starting against Pittsburgh rookie RHP Gerrit Cole. The Pirates are iffy about using RHP A.J. Burnett in a relief role after the veteran was knocked around in Game 1.

DISSING CHIPPER: When the Braves invited former star Chipper Jones to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the NLDS, they apparently neglected to tell him that he'd be throwing it to the team mascot rather than a player.

They may not have known.

Evidently Braves players weren't happy that on a radio show, Jones had predicted that the Dodgers would win the series in four games, so none volunteered to catch the pitch. Presumably, none will now give him credit for an accurate prediction.

SURGERY FOR KEMP: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp will have cleanup surgery on his left shoulder, which was planned before he was shut down for the postseason with a sprained left ankle.

Division Series


A's 2, Tigers 2

Game 1: Tigers 3, A's 2

Game 2: A's 1, Tigers 0

Game 4: A's 6, Tigers 3

Tuesday: Tigers 8, A's 6

Thursday: at Oakland, 9:07, TBS


Pirates 2, Cardinals 2

Game 1: Cardinals 9, Pirates 1

Game 2: Pirates 7, Cardinals 1

Game 3: Pirates 5, Cardinals 3

Game 4: Cardinals 2, Pirates 1

Tonight: at St. Louis, 8:07, TBS

Dodgers 3, Braves 1

Game 1: Dodgers 6, Braves 1

Game 2: Braves 4, Dodgers 3

Game 3: Dodgers 13, Braves 6

Game 4: Dodgers 4, Braves 3

Championship Series



Friday: L.A. at St. Louis or Pittsburgh at L.A.

Saturday: L.A. at St. Louis or Pittsburgh at L.A.

Monday: St. Louis at L.A. or L.A. at Pittsburgh

Oct. 15: St. Louis at L.A. or L.A. at Pittsburgh

Oct. 16: St. Louis at L.A. or L.A. at Pittsburgh*

Oct. 18: L.A. at St. Louis or Pittsburgh at L.A.*

Oct. 19: L.A. at St. Louis or Pittsburgh at L.A.*


(TV: Ch. 13)

Saturday: at Boston

Sunday: at Boston

Tuesday: at Oakland-Detroit winner

Oct. 16: at Oakland-Detroit winner

Oct. 17: at Oakland-Detroit winner*

Oct. 19: at Boston*

Oct. 20: at Boston*

* If necessary

Tigers fan avoids infamy after home run stands 10/08/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:56am]
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