When reporters arrived at the manager's office after Sunday's game, Jim Leyland was crooning a tune.

A few lines from "what a difference a day makes."

"One day we're throwing a shutout, the next day we allow 12 runs," he said. "That's why I'm singing."

On the flip side of allowing 12 runs, the Tigers scored 10 in their slugfest loss to the Washington Nationals.

And standing out as a major component were Matt Tuiasosopo's contributions — again.

In the last four days, you've heard his name a lot because it's been mentioned a lot. Now it's being mentioned again because Tuiasosopo has hit three home runs in his last four games.

You've also heard his name because he's a right-handed hitting outfielder who also can play first and third.

And because his future doesn't demand that he play more than the amount an extra outfielder will get for the Tigers while spending most of his time on the bench.

One way or another, though, the Tigers are going to take a right-handed-hitting outfielder with them to lift some of the everyday pressure off Andy Dirks.

Dirks will play left most of the time. That's not changed. And the available role is far too constrictive for prospects such as Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia — the latter of whom is now injured.

What Tuiasosopo has done in the last week is nudge his hat, which already was in the ring, more to the center — where it will get extended consideration.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130318/SPORTS0104/303180356#ixzz2NuF55T2p