Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo was on the receiving end of a tough throw from Cleveland Guardians catcher Mike Zunino on Monday afternoon.
Baddoo was trying to steal second base but was thrown out when Zunino threw a rocket to second baseman Andres Gimenez to get him out. While it seemed like a routine catch and throw, the replay showed that Baddoo got more than he bargained for on the throw.
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Zunino’s throw actually hit Baddoo in the groin area and ricocheted into Gimenez’s glove for the out. Baddoo was down for a moment as he got himself together.
Baddoo stayed in the game but finished 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .221 with a .600 OPS and two RBI in 23 games so far for the Tigers this season.
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Detroit won the game 6-2. Riley Greene was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Andy Ibanez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning – his first of the season – and finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
“He’s playing every day, and he’s contributing, which is nice,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of Ibanez. “Everyone has embraced him. I know the first 10 at-bats weren’t great, but I applaud him for staying in there mentally, and physically he’s had really good at-bats. Really sparked us.”
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Detroit moved to 16-18 on the season and Cleveland fell to 16-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.