Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that on Sunday, the final day of the season, Andrew Romine will play all nine positions barring something strange, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports.
Romine, 31, has already played eight of the nine positions for the Tigers this season, with the exception being catcher. He has never caught as a professional baseball player, but that will change on Sunday against the Twins.
This season, Romine has hit a lackluster .230/.285/.340 in 328 plate appearances, but the Tigers have found his versatility valuable. Romine will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.