Gerald Laird was hurting, but wasn't hurt.

"I saw some stars at first," he said. "So I just lay on the ground until I felt OK to get up."

When manager Jim Leyland went to where Laird was sprawled in the fourth inning, though, he thought he would have to do two things he didn't want to do.

Take Laird out;

Put Alex Avila into a game Leyland wanted him to take off because of aches and pains.

Laird wasn't injured, though, just dazed by the Prince Fielder elbow he took to the right side of the head when Laird, Fielder and starter Rick Porcello converged on a popped-up bunt.