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Gerald Laird Scratched With Stiff Neck

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Hot hitting Gerald Laird (as hot as a .180 hitter can get) was a late scratch on Friday evening:

Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird was scratched one hour before tonight’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a stiff neck. Left-handed hitting Alex Avila will now catch and face left-handed Arizona pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

Tough time for Laird to go down with a nagging injury, as he appeared to be turning the corner. He was 6 for his last 15 (.400) and on a four-game hitting streak.