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Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera points out faulty batter’s box at White Sox opener

An umpire checks distance between home plate batter's box with bas Miguel CabrerTigers right stands nearby first inning U.S. Cellular

An umpire checks the distance between home plate and the batter's box with a bat as Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, right, stands nearby in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field Friday, April 13, 2012, in Chicago. Cabrera complained the batter's box was not placed correctly. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 13, 2012 3:29PM



The Detroit-Chicago White Sox game was delayed for several minutes in the first inning Friday after Tigers’ star Miguel Cabrera complained that the batter’s box wasn’t the right shape or size.

Before he faced a pitch with two outs in the first inning, Cabrera’s back leg was out of the box, and he said something to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. After a conference with crew chief Gary Cederstrom, two members of the grounds crew came out with a rake and brush and wiped out the lines around the plate.

A batter’s box frame used to create the lines was carried in from beyond the center field fence and the lines reconfigured before play resumed. Chicago’s Jake Peavy then retired Cabrera on a fly ball.



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