To ease pressure, Leyland addresses club

To ease pressure, Leyland addresses club

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't one for big speeches, and neither are his players.

As All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder pointed out after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Giants in Game 3 put them one loss away from a World Series sweep, "All that talk stuff's for Hoosiers and the movies."

Still, Leyland seemed prepared to make one small exception on Sunday afternoon, if only to pick up his players a bit. He sensed some frustration rising after a second 2-0 loss in as many games.

"I'm going to talk to the whole team a little bit about what they've done, what's in front of them," Leyland said. "It's not a pep talk. It's just like I said, guys are a little tough on themselves.

"There's nothing wrong with making an out. There's nothing wrong with striking out. That happens. That's been going on in the game for years. Don't beat yourself up. That's ridiculous. Guys do, but don't beat yourself up. That's not necessary."