Tigers survive scare as Infante jams (but doesn't break) right thumb

DETROIT -- The Tigers survived a big scare in the ninth inning Tuesday night.

Make that two big scares.

They survived the first when Phil Coke struck out Raul Ibanez for the final out in the Tigers' 2-1 Game 3 win over the Yankees.

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They didn't survive the second until X-rays of Omar Infante's right thumb came back clean.

Infante badly jammed his thumb while diving for Mark Teixeira's two-out single in the ninth. He stayed in the game, but was taken for X-rays as soon as it ended. He had ice on the thumb in the clubhouse after the game, but said he expects to be able to play in Game 4 on Wednesday.

The acquisition of Infante from the Marlins was a key to the Tigers' season, because second base was such a problem for them in the first half.

The Tigers have been so happy with Infante that club officials say he will be their second baseman again in 2013.

At this point, though, the biggest news is that he should be able to be their second baseman on Wednesday night.

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