Monday, February 19, 2018
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Tigers' Collins aims obscene gesture at fans

DETROIT — Tigers CF Tyler Collins appeared to direct an obscene gesture at fans during Monday night's 7-3 win over the Athletics.

Collins seemed to take the brunt of the blame from the fans when RHP Jordan Zimmermann gave up a run for the first time with Detroit after 241/3 scoreless innings.

Collins appeared to lose a fly ball hit by Oakland's Marcus Semien in the lights in the sixth inning, and an error charged to LF Justin Upton allowed Semien to reach third. Semien scored on Billy Burns’ single.

Collins reacted to the booing crowd by making the obscene gesture. He also appeared to yell an obscenity.

When Collins came up to hit in the eighth inning, he was booed again even before he struck out.

WIN ONE, LOSE ONE: On the day the Indians said hello again to OF Michael Brantley, they said see you later to RHP Carlos Carassco.

As Brantley was welcomed back after shoulder surgery and months of recovery, the Indians placed Carrasco on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring that could sideline him for six weeks.

Brantley was expected to be back in the lineup tonight in Minnesota so he could play in back-to-back games before a day off Thursday, manager Terry Francona said.

The excitement for Brantley's return was tempered by the loss of Carrasco, a blow to Cleveland's staff. An MRI exam revealed a moderate strain.

PRINCE TRIBUTE: Every Twins player used a Prince song as his walkup music in the team's return home from a road trip. That included Korean rookie Byung-ho Park, who picked Uptown off Prince's great 1980 album Dirty Mind. Prince, a Minneapolis native, died Thursday at age 57.

In other Twins news, CF Byron Buxton, one of baseball's top prospects, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester along with OF Max Kepler. Buxton, 22, was batting .156 with 24 strikeouts in 45 at-bats.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday left after three innings with a right leg cramp.

MARINERS: Former Rays RH reliever Joaquin Benoit went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

METS: OF Yoenis Cespedes wasn't in the lineup and was expected to miss another two or three games after doctors drained fluid from his bruised right leg.

REDS: RF Jay Bruce went on the three-day paternity list. RH reliever Layne Somsen was called up from Triple-A Louisville.

ROCKIES: C Nick Hundley, out since mid April with a concussion, was activated from the disabled list. Struggling RHP Jordan Lyles was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

YANKEES: DH Alex Rodriguez wasn't in the starting lineup but said he felt good a day after coming out of a game against the Rays with stiffness in his left side.

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