Laird is late scratch with tight back

Laird is late scratch with tight back

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, who hit a game-winning home run on Thursday in Minnesota, was scratched from the lineup on Friday because of lower back tightness.

Laird's name was on the original lineup card, but was later determined that he wouldn't be able to go.

Alex Avila, who was initially listed as the designated hitter, took Laird's spot behind the plate.