Detroit Tigers: Akil Baddoo lone bright spot in blowout loss to Red Sox

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Akil Baddoo performed admirably on a quick turnaround

Last night, Akil Baddoo was down in Omaha, Nebraska, going 3-for-4 for the Mud Hens. Saturday afternoon, he was batting leadoff and playing in left field. Scott Harris said that Baddoo would see some time in Detroit after he was sent down, but this came sooner than expected.

"I woke up at 4:30, the flight was around 7:30, got to the flight then got my stuff in Ohio and came up to the hotel so a lot of moving around." Baddoo said

As far as how he kept up mentally after he was sent down. "Just controlling the things you can control and, playing my game and just having fun, you know, and not letting anything affect me."

Baddoo's numbers at Toledo showed how much he was able to control. He hit. 321/.441/.571 with six walks to just five strikeouts. He stole two bases, continuing to cause chaos on the basepaths.

With that quick turnaround, Baddoo went 2-for-5 on the day as the Tigers lost to the Red Sox 14-5. However, the circumstances behind his call-up are ones that affected more than just the outcome of the box score.

After the game, Manager A.J. Hinch said only that the team will fully support Austin Meadows, hoping but better times for him, but did not want to discuss the matter any further at this time. Meadows was scheduled to start the game and was in the batting order, batting seventh, before the team announced about 25 minutes before the game he was going to be on the IL.

Hinch, to conserve the bullpen for tomorrow, had Zach McKinstry pitch. It was the first time he has pitched at the major league level. They have an upcoming day off on Monday before traveling to Toronto for the Blue Jays home opener on Tuesday

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