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Tigers' Justin Upton expected to return Friday

MLB.com - Thursday 20th April, 2017

JaCoby Jones temporarily loses sight of a fly ball in center field, but recovers and makes a diving grab in the bottom of the 5th

Upton sustained the injury on a hard slide into second in the seventh inning when he was struck by Rays shortstop Tim Beckham's arm as Beckham made the throw to first on a double play. The Rays challenged the play on the grounds that Upton's slide was illegal, but the play stood after an official review.

Upton, who is batting .250 with two home runs and six RBIs, was replaced in the bottom half of the seventh by Andrew Romine, who also filled his spot in Wednesday's game against the Rays.

J.D. takes BP

J.D. Martinez had plenty of fist bumps and smiles for his teammates when he walked into the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday. It was the first time he had dressed with the Tigers The dome at Tropicana Field has wreaked havoc on Tigers outfielders to start the series. The late sunsets and the semi-translucent material has made fly balls a bit of an adventure, especially for the Detroit players who aren't accustomed to it.

Center fielder JaCoby Jones nearly lost a routine fly in the series opener and needed a diving catch to recover. Bad jumps have been fairly common.

Jones' unusual catch DET@TB: Jones loses ball, recovers for a diving catchJaCoby Jones temporarily loses sight of a fly ball in center field, but recovers and makes a diving grab in the bottom of the 5th

"You can't take your eye off it," Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook said. "The roof is light and the ball is light, so once it gets up there around the catwalk area, the ball kind of gets lost."

Mahtook knows this better than most. The 27-year-old was a 2011 first-round Draft pick of the Rays, and played parts of the last two seasons with Tampa Bay before being traded to Detroit this offseason.

"Everyone has trouble with it," Mahtook said. "That's just part of the stadium and part of what you have to do."

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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