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• The Tigers were guarded in their reaction to Boston mayor Thomas Menino's comments that he would like to visit Detroit so he could "blow up the place and start all over." However, Leyland had some advice for the mayor.

"He ought to worry about getting the Boston visiting clubhouse fixed," Leyland said, referring to Fenway Park's cramped surroundings for visiting teams.

• Pena and Bryan Holaday worked out early Wednesday afternoon behind the plate at Fenway Park, getting a refresher course on footwork. Detroit catchers have thrown out just 12.7 percent of would-be basestealers this season, allowing 110 stolen bases while throwing out 16 baserunners.

• Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of Mike Maroth's 20th loss in 2003. The former Tiger gave up eight runs on nine hits over three-plus innings in Toronto on Sept. 5, 2003, the day after the death of his grandmother. He became the first Major League pitcher since Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20 games in a season; Kingman made the trip to Toronto and was on hand for the game. No pitcher has lost 20 games in a season since; nobody has lost more than 17 since 2007.

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