If it was a play in which nobody communicated and everybody looked at each other as the ball fell, it would be one thing. This, Leyland said, was the opposite.
"You tell your players to be aggressive, and every one of them was aggressive," Leyland said. "You can't fault anybody for that. ...
"You don't like it to happen, but when people are aggressive, that's what can happen. You see in the outfield once in a while, a ball in between guys and they're both going after it. Sometimes you can't hear because of the crowd, and you have disaster once in a while. But I don't have any problem when people are hustling. That's pretty hard to scold guys when they're being aggressive.
"If it's a high fly on the infield, that's a little different. Somebody should be able to call out three times, which is what we work on in Spring Training, to make the play. But one like that is a little bit tougher."
In this case, it was a popped-up bunt that catcher Gerald Laird, pitcher Rick Porcello and first baseman Prince Fielder all chased. The ball popped out of Porcello's glove on impact, and Laird took an elbow from Fielder.
"That's entirely my fault," Porcello said following Thursday's 7-3 win over the Twins. "I've got to get out of the way there."