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Peralta meets his match with Francoeur's arm

Peralta meets his match with Francoeur's arm

Peralta meets his match with Francoeur's arm
DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta has a selection of American League pitchers who seem to have his number. He also seems to have an outfielder as a nemesis, as many times as Jeff Francoeur has thrown him out.

After Francoeur did it again Tuesday night, he might not get the chance for a while.

"You know, I'm not going to run anymore on him," Peralta said Wednesday morning before the series finale. "That's three times already."

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Francoeur has 20 assists since the start of last season. Peralta has been the victim of three of them, including twice in four meetings this year. All three times, Peralta has been trying to go from first to third on a single to right field.

Peralta has gotten the call from third-base coach Gene Lamont on two of them, only to have Francoeur surprise him by gathering the ball and throwing him out. Tuesday's play, Peralta said, was him running on his own. Once he saw third baseman Mike Moustakas' reaction to the ball coming in, he knew he was in trouble.

"When I saw the third baseman [react], I thought, 'Oh my God, one more time,'" Peralta said. "It's crazy."

Manager Jim Leyland said after Tuesday's game that he has no problem challenging Francoeur like that with one out. In Tuesday's situation with two outs, it "probably wasn't the smartest thing" to do.

Peralta and Leyland both praised Francoeur's arm. Leyland praised his hands as well.

"There are a lot of outfielders that have really good arms, but they never throw anybody out because they don't trust their hands," Leyland said. "They take too long to make sure that they're going to catch it and they have it, and then it's too late. This guy, he really trusts his hands."

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