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Did Ian Krol celebrate his good outing Wednesday night by trolling Tigers fans on Twitter?

The Tigers reliever says no.

Krol, in fact, seemed surprised following the Tigers' 13-4 loss to the Yankees when The News asked him if, during the game and after he exited, had he gone on Twitter and re-tweeted several negative tweets about himself — as if to say, "How do you like me now?"

Krol explained, saying he has given a few of his buddies access to his Twitter account, and the freedom to post under his handle — @IanKrolTKB.

"There's a couple friends that have my Twitter account just to go troll people," the Tigers left-hander said. "They just see what's going on.

"I'll tell them to cool it."

For Krol's sake, that's probably a good idea.

After all, it doesn't look good when tweets are flying off his account during a game, particularly a lopsided loss like Wednesday's.

Krol was knocked around for two homers in just three at-bats Tuesday, so several fans on Twitter expressed their uneasiness about him entering Wednesday's game. Krol bounced back, though, accumulating a pair of scoreless, hitless innings.

After he left the game, five tweets were retweeted under his account, including:

* @buckeye1022: "I mean, if someone's gonna blow their arm out in the cold and snow 'cause they have to throw to many pitches, why not, oh IDK, Ian Krol?"

* @ghostofrocky: "How bad is it? So bad that Ian Krol will pitch."

* @electricsnuff: "Hide the women and children."

"My friends," Krol said, shaking his head. "I'll get on that."

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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