Kirk Gibson is trying to help his old team by accepting a job he never wanted, taking over as hitting coach for the Tigers.
The move produced early results as Detroit -- bolstered by the return of Magglio Ordonez -- broke out for a 10-2 victory over the Yankees.
"It happened very quickly," said Gibson, who had been Alan Trammell's bench coach for the last 21/2 seasons. "I'm a team guy, and I've been asked to do something, so I will."
Gibson switched jobs with Bruce Fields, who had been Detroit's hitting coach since the beginning of the 2003 season.
Trammell described Gibson's reaction to the move as "lukewarm," and Gibson said he had never even considered the position.
"This has never been my mind-set, and I've tried to stay away from it," he said. "But I'll do it, because Alan asked me."
Before last night, Detroit had lost four straight and scored only three runs in a three-game sweep by the White Sox.
* 'DICTATORSHIP' RULES: Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly decided to accept an eight-day suspension for having pine tar on his glove because that seemed like the best deal he could get.
The right-hander was ejected without throwing a pitch June 14 against the Nationals and originally suspended for 10 days. He appealed and received a two-day reduction and had planned to pursue a hearing to get the suspension reduced further.
"If this was a court of law, this would be thrown out on a technicality," he said. "But it's not. This is a dictatorship, one guy running the show."
* OUT OF ORDER: The Royals apparently gave umpires the wrong lineup card for last night's game against Angels, losing out on a leadoff hit.
David DeJesus singled leading off against Paul Byrd. When Angel Berroa came to the plate to bat second, umpires called time and huddled in the infield.
After a few minutes, Berroa was called out and DeJesus was required to bat again. He flied out.
* CUDDYER SITS: Minnesota IF Michael Cuddyer has a deep bone bruise on his left hand, stemming from a pitch by Kansas City's D.J. Carrasco that hit him there during Wednesday's game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Cuddyer likely will be out at least the weekend.
-- From News Services