Tigers' Justin Upton exits in third with quad strain

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Kansas City, Mo. – So it goes for the Tigers these days.

Justin Upton helped jump-start the Tigers’ slumbering offense Wednesday, ripping doubles in the second and third innings – the second one plating two runs in a four-run outburst.

Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) talks with a trainer before leaving the baseball game against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning.

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But he pulled up lame running to third base on a ground ball by Nick Castellanos that was booted by second baseman Whit Merrifield.

Upton left the game at that point. The Tigers announced he had a mild strain in his right quad.

He was replaced by Mikie Mahtook.

The Tigers had come back from a 3-0 first-inning hole and were leading 5-3 after three innings.

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