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Holaday likely to see more time behind dish

Holaday likely to see more time behind dish

CLEVELAND -- Bryan Holaday made his second consecutive start behind the plate for the Tigers on Friday, this time with a right-hander on the mound for the opposing team. The way he's playing, there could be more starts where those came from.

"He's playing well," manager Brad Ausmus said after Holaday's start Thursday against the Royals, his first start in a week. "That's been in the discussion for the past week and a half. A lot of times, it depends on who's pitching for the other team.

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"The short answer is he probably is [going to get more starts], yeah."

So far this season, Holaday has generally had his starts reserved for left-handed opposing pitchers, comprising 10 out of his 15 starts before Friday. He hadn't started consecutive days since April 29-30 in Chicago.

Considered a defense-first catcher, Holaday has held his own at the plate, recording a base hit in each of his previous four starts this month. His three-hit game against the White Sox on June 12 was the best start of his career from an offensive standpoint.

Holaday entered Friday batting .306 (19-for-62) with a double, triple and seven RBIs. Nine of those hits were infield singles, four of them bunts.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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