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Mud Hens vs. Tigers Exhibition Game

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Mud Hens center fielder Quintin Berry can't get a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Curtis Casali during the ninth inning.

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Ken and Julie Peace of Toledo wait for the gates to open at Fifth Third Field. The couple, who got to the ballpark at 8:30am, said they are normally Mud Hens fans but are Tigers fans today. Gates opened at 10am.

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Toledo Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin, left, and Detroit Tigers manger Jim Leyland exchange lineup cards during a meeting with the umpires.

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Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland talk before the start of the game.

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The Detroit Tigers, with manager Jim Leyland, right, stand during the playing of the National Anthem, prior to an exhibition baseball game with the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field. The Tigers beat the Hens 8-3.

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Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks leaps to catch a ball hit by Toledo Mud Hens shortstop Argenis Diaz during the sixth inning.

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Rachel Sharpe, left, and her son Jarrett Sharpe, 22 months, of Grelton, Ohio, watch the pre-game festivities with Rachel's sister Sarah Flowers, of Deshler, Ohio.

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From left, Kay Hartman-Kuch, Helen Dundas, and Kim Olszewski shop in the Swamp Shop,

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Usher Bob Wekwet greets D. Ellen Critchley.

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Mud Hens pitcher Fu-Te Ni fires a pitch.

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Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Fu-Te Ni fires in the first pitch to Detroit Tigers player Austin Jackson.

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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is congratulated in the dugout after scoring.

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Detroit Tigers' designated hitter Ryan Raburn strokes a triple.

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Detroit Tigers' designated hitter Ryan Raburn is congratulated in the dugout after scoring.

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Toledo Mud Hens second baseman Eric Patterson steals second as Detroit Tigers' second baseman Ramon Santiago goes up for the throw.

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Patrick Leyland and his father, Tigers manager Jim Leyland, sign autographs.

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A capacity crowd watches the Toledo Mud Hens play the Detroit Tigers.

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello fires in a pitch to Toledo Mud Hens player Matt Young.

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Detroit Tigers watch a teammate get a hit.

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Detroit Tigers player Jhonny Peralta hits a single to score a run.

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Detroit Tigers player Alex Avila hits a double.

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Detroit Tigers player Miguel Cabrera jokes with the Toledo Mud Hens bench as he heads back to the dugout.

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Detroit Tigers player Miguel Cabrera hits a single.

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Detroit Tigers player Prince Fielder, 28, greets teammate Delmon Young at the plate.

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Detroit Tigers player Ryan Rayburn jokes with third base coach Gene Lamont after hitting a triple to score two runs.

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SPT hens05p Detroit Tigers player Rick Porcello, 48, fires in a pitch during the fourth inning of their exhibition game at Fifth Third Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The Blade/Andy Morrison

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Mud Hens player Matt Young, 6, can't come up with the catch on a hit by Detroit Tigers player Gerald Laird, 9.

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Mud Hens player Audy Ciriaco, 6, is greeted in the dugout by Leon "Bull" Durham after scoring a run.

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Mud Hens player Argenis Diaz forces out Detroit Tigers player Don Kelly, 32.

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland watches his son Patrick Leyland foul off a ball.

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Jim Leyland shakes hands with catcher Curtis Casali, 82 after the game.

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