Leyland well aware of AT&T Park's quirks

Leyland well aware of AT&T Park's quirks

SAN FRANCISCO -- It doesn't happen very often. But the nooks and crannies of the right-field wall at AT&T Park came into play during the 2007 All-Star Game when Ichiro Suzuki -- then of the Seattle Mariners -- lined a ball off the façade in the top of the fifth inning.

National League right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. expected the ball to bounce to his left. Instead, it caromed right and Ichiro ended up with an inside-the-park home run.

The American League manager that night was Tigers skipper Jim Leyland. The play made enough of an impression for Leyland to mention it to his outfielders before Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.

"The only thing that's dangerous about this field is where right field goes over and then that thing rounds and there's a crease there where Ichiro hit that home run in the All-Star Game," Leyland said. "I happened to be managing that game, so I talked to the guys yesterday about it to make sure that they took some balls off the wall to see what happens.

"You never know for sure how that ball's going to ricochet, so I told [center fielder Austin] Jackson, 'You've got to be careful you don't get caught over there watching. That ball could come over your way real quick, or it could go down into the stands.'"