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Fire alarm forces Tigers out of hotel in Toronto


TORONTO -- The Tigers had a quick turnaround here thanks to a day game Saturday after a night game Friday. They did not plan on that turnaround including an evacuation of their hotel.

When the fire alarm went off Saturday morning, however, it sent players and coaches alike scrambling. And since the elevators were shut down in case of a possible fire, they were scrambling for the stairs.

Someone is messin around at the hotel and now I gotta take 22 flights of stairs to the lobby!!! #comeonman

- David Price (@DAVIDprice14) August 9, 2014

Price had a quick exit compared to his manager. Brad Ausmus' room is on the 33rd floor and he had to travel 35 flights of stairs, the manager said.

No, that doesn't add up.

"I couldn't get out at the lobby," Ausmus said.

Don Kelly, by contrast, had a quick trip from his sixth-floor room. He joked that he could've jumped into the pool below if there had been an actual fire.

Fortunately for them, the alarm went out shortly before 9 a.m. ET, so most of the team was already up. And the alarm is a common enough occurrence -- usually at least one a season -- that they're numb to it.

That said, usually alarms shut down quickly enough that the team doesn't have to evacuate.

"I've had alarms go off," Ausmus said, "but I've never had to go down the stairwell before. Usually when the alarm goes off, I ignore it."

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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