In the unlikely case that the Detroit Tigers might need an extra bat in their lineup, they can look to journeyman Eric Patterson as their go-to guy.
Patterson smashed a pair of bombs and rapped out a couple of singles, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored in Detroit's losing, 7-5, effort against Philadelphia.
Having played for the Cubs, A's Red Sox and Padres from 2007 through last season, Patterson can handle right field and center field, making him a possible replacement for Detroit's regular center fielder, Austin Jackson, who has been criticized for striking out too much in his leadoff spot (181 Ks in 591 at-bats last season).
Patterson's limited career stats (508 at-bats) have yielded just a .217 batting average, but he's swiped 35 bases in 40 attempts.
Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled, doubled and homered as the Brewers pounded out 16 hits in a 12-2 battering of the Cleveland Indians.
It was Lucroy's first long ball of the season and he drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Brewers went yard four times on the Indians.
Lucroy socked 12 homers in 2011, with 59 RBI, 45 runs and a .265 batting average. As the Brewers' regular backstop, Lucroy played in 138 games last season, his second in the majors.