DETROIT -- Jim Leyland's philosophy about clubhouse chemistry and team leadership has been well-chronicled (he doesn't believe in it). That said, he thinks his latest outfielder, Avisail Garcia, can benefit from having fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera around.
"I think what's been a godsend for him here has been Cabrera," Leyland said. "He's got a buddy. That helps."
More than a few observers have noted how similar they look to each other, mainly because they have similar body frames. They were positioned next to each other for the team photo taken Wednesday afternoon before batting practice. Afterwards, Cabrera had a chance to introduce Garcia to team owner Mike Ilitch.
Likewise, Garcia spent a lot of time learning from Cabrera during Spring Training the last couple years.