BALTIMORE -- At no point during his first Major League season has Quintin Berry ever shied away from the moment.
Since making his debut on May 23, Berry has impressed Tigers manager Jim Leyland every step of the way, providing a consistent table setter at the top of the order and even coming through with an RBI single that looked like it might give the Tigers a win in the 13th inning on Saturday.
"He's seizing those opportunities in the moment right now," Leyland said. "He's handled it well."
"You want to be the guy that wants to get up there and have an opportunity to do something for your club," Berry said. "You want other people to know that you can be that guy. So I'm just trying to put a good swing on the ball when I get an opportunity."
Berry has done that often this season, posting a .297 batting average and .381 on-base percentage through his first 44 Major League games.
He boosted those totals with his 3-for-6 effort on Saturday, his sixth game with at least three hits.
No Tigers player has posted more three-or-more hit games in their first 44 career appearances since Pat Mullin had seven in 1941.
"He's been pretty darn consistent," Leyland said. "You've got to tip your hat to him. He's done one hell of a job. I like that extra dimension, speed, that he gives us.
"He's done a terrific job. He's stayed calm. He's prepared. He's been very impressive."
Berry started 2012 with Triple-A Toledo, his seventh season in the Minors. He got his first chance in the Majors when Austin Jackson went down with an abdominal strain in May, and he's been a fixture in the lineup ever since, leading the team with 12 steals.
Berry hit ninth for only the second time on Saturday, but was moved back up to second in the order, staring in left field, on Sunday.
"He's just been a real pleasant surprise for us," Leyland said. "I certainly didn't know much about him, but he's seizing that opportunity and taking advantage of it, and that's what you like to see. Those are great stories, guys that waited a long time to get their chance, get up here and take advantage of it. That's what it's all about."
Leyland adjusts lineup after 13-inning game
BALTIMORE -- In the wake of Saturday's 4-hour, 43-minute slugfest, Tigers manager Jim Leyland opted to make a few unusual lineup moves.
Don Kelly made his fourth start of the season in right field on Sunday, while Brennan Boesch made his fourth start of the year at designated hitter.
"You've got to use them all, because there will be times when you need them," Leyland said. "If you don't, then you get what you saw yesterday."
Kelly entered as a defensive replacement in the 11th inning, and then struck out with one out and a runner on third in the 13th, his only at-bat of the game.
Kelly had only 93 at-bats in 52 games this season entering Sunday. His last plate appearance before Saturday came on July 6.
Boesch is batting .444 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.
Although the Tigers had to use seven of their eight relievers over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday, Leyland said he felt "the bullpen [was] in good shape" heading into Sunday's game. With Justin Verlander shutting out the Orioles for eight innings, only Jose Valverde was needed out of the 'pen on Sunday, appearing for the third day in a row.
With the All-Star break fresh in the rearview mirror, Leyland said before Saturday that he would actually appreciate the chance to get a number of relievers back into game action.
Brayan Villarreal remains the only bullpen arm yet to pitch in the second half, as he's dealing with stiffness and soreness in his neck that popped up when he was shagging fly balls during the team's workout on Friday.
"It's a shock to me that the neck is just lingering on," said Leyland. "I don't know what's going on with that."
Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Villarreal is considered day to day.
Outfielder Andy Dirks, who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a strained Achillies tendon, will travel to Detroit to take part in Monday's pregame activities. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said the staff will evaluate Dirks' running ability, potentially sending him out on a rehab assignment this week if all goes well.
Leyland and team trainers went out on the field to check on Jhonny Peralta after the shortstop was hit in the shin while trying to turn a double play during the third inning of Saturday's game. Leyland said Peralta was "fine."
Greg Luca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.