ARLINGTON -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said more than once that the club's been riding a hot bat with Quintin Berry. On Tuesday, five weeks after the Tigers called up Berry to fill in for then-injured Austin Jackson, Leyland subtly went beyond the hot start.
"So far, this has been a great story. This is a kid that waited a long time, and I think it's a perfect case of a guy that's getting an opportunity [who's] taken advantage of it. That's what you like to see. He's been a nice spark for us. He's done a heckuva job.
"We're a little different-looking team when he plays good. We're normally not a very fast team. That gives us a little different look with him and Austin up top. I think it's simple: He got an opportunity, and up to this point, he's taken advantage of it pretty good."
Berry continues to get the opportunity. Tuesday marked his eighth start in a corner-outfield spot in the last nine games.