Justin Upton shrugs off botched intro as just a mistake

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tigers' Justin Upton reacts to striking out in the third inning.

Detroit — Now batting, B.J. Upton. Wait, what?

Yes, that's how new Tiger Justin Upton was introduced prior to his first at-bat during Friday's home opener.

And yes, he noticed.

But he laughed it off, too.

"Hey, it happens," Upton said, smiling.

B.J. Upton is the former name of Justin Upton's older brother, who now goes by Melvin and plays for the San Diego Padres.

Justin Upton says he thinks it's happened before.

"Maybe one other time, I don't remember," he said. "We get mixed up quite a bit, I don't know how."

Upton was asked if he'll take the time to playfully introduce himself to Tigers longtime PA announcer, Bobb Vergiels.

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"Ha, no," he said. "We all make mistakes.

"Hey, it's the first game for him, too."

In his Detroit home debut, Upton had a rough game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He's struck out seven times in his first 15 Tigers at-bats.

He said after the 4-0 win over the New York Yankees that he's going to have to get used to pitchers challenging him so much, with Miguel Cabrera looming on-deck in the No. 3 spot.

"Oh yeah, for sure," Upton said. "They don't want to get to him."

There's no mistaking that.

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