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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cardinals are visiting old friends Laird, Dotel in Detroit

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English: Scoreboard Jumbotron at Busch Stadium...
English: Scoreboard Jumbotron at Busch Stadium following St. Louis Cardinals 11th World Series Championship on October 28, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Not only is the mid-week series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers a rematch of the 2006 World Series the Cardinals won in five games, it is also reunion with a couple of old friends from the 2011 version of the Cardinals.

Former Cardinals Gerald Laird and Octavio Dotel joined the Tigers as free agents in the off-season and this week's series is the first time they have been reunited with the club since last fall.

Laird, who served as the primary backup to catcher Yadier Molina in 2011 with the Cardinals, started behind the plate for the Tigers in their series opening win on Tuesday night.

Laird has appeared in 30 games for the Tigers this season as their regular starting catcher Alex Avila is currently on the disabled list. Laird is hitting .294 this season with a pair of home runs and just five RBI's in his backup role.

Meanwhile it has been a rough season for Dotel, who returned from the disabled list himself on Tuesday night, just in time to reunite with his old teammates.

The 38 year old Dotel has made 21 appearances in relief for the Tigers this season, posting a 4.42 ERA. The set-up man has recorded six holds and one save on the season.

It is always good to see old friends, especially when you can recall the memories of a recent World Series Championship.

All the best to Laird and Dotel. Both are class acts who helped the Cardinals in many ways to their eleventh World Series Championship in franchise history. Both deserve a chance to win again, except for the next two nights in Detroit.

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