07/14/12 1:20 AM ET
Berry glad to have chance to play vs. O's Jones
By Greg Luca / MLB.com
Berry and Jones have known each other since they were about 5 years old. They lived a block apart as children, attended the same elementary school and played together at Morse High School in San Diego.
On Friday they played as opponents for the first time at any level, with Berry starting in left field for the Tigers and Jones in center for the Orioles.
"It's like a dream come true, finally get to play against my boy," Berry said. "As soon as I got called up, I wanted to find out when we'd play against Baltimore. All I wanted to do is stay up until then, try to just get a chance to play against him and then I'll be straight. So I'm glad I made it long enough to get up here and play."
From the time they spent playing together as youngsters, Berry and Jones had joked about facing each other in the Majors one day.
On Friday, those aspirations became a reality.
"That's what's crazy about it, it's finally happening," Berry said. "It's been pretty awesome, man. It's been sick."
Jones picked up Berry and his wife from the airport late Thursday night, and Berry said the two have plans to hang out and grab dinner during the weekend series.
The duo hadn't had a chance to see each other in person since Spring Training, when they used to meet in Tampa. Still, they managed to stay in touch regularly by phone, and Berry always stayed on top of what Jones was up to.
"Every night I check up on him," Berry said. "I know what he does every game pretty much. Telling my wife what he's done, if he hit a home run or whatever. He's doing great, man. Balling."
While not quite a rivalry, Berry said he and Jones engage in some friendly trash talk.
"He's competitive, I'm competitive, so I think it should be real fun," Berry said. "But we're friends at the end of the day, so that's all that matters."
"He's the enemy," Jones said of Berry. "If he's the enemy, after the game, we're friends. During the game, [we're not]."
Tigers hold mandatory workout Friday
BALTIMORE -- To try to get his team back in the swing of things following the All-Star break, Tigers manager Jim Leyland held a mandatory workout at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
Leyland said "everybody was fine" and there was "full attendance."
"It is good to give them a workout today to get them loosened up a little bit and make sure they get back in town and there's no issues with flying and stuff," Leyland said.
The Tigers spent the workout time giving the outfielders fly balls off the bat and having the infielders do fungo work.
Leyland said pitcher Rick Porcello threw live to hitters for about 10 minutes.
The only players excused from the workout were All-Star participants Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, as flights out of Kansas City suffered significant delays.
Leyland said he paid unusually close attention to this year's All-Star festivities, hosting a "low-key" gathering with a few close friends and family members.
Neither Fielder's victory in the Home Run Derby nor Verlander's five-run first inning came as a shock to the Tigers' skipper.
"Prince put on a show, obviously," Leyland said. "So did Justin. That didn't surprise me. I'm just glad he's back and healthy. I was worried about it because I knew he was going to be amped up and try to throw 100, and he did. that's OK. He threw it and he's fine, he's back and healthy. That's all I care about."
The Tigers agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Logan Ehlers on Friday. Ehlers was the team's 20th-round Draft selection out of Howard College in Texas. The Tigers agreed to terms with 33 selections from the 2012 Draft -- including every pick from the first 15 rounds and 24 of their top 25 choices -- prior to Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.
Greg Luca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.