Damon stays in Detroit, nixes return to Red Sox

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“I feel like we’re not out of it yet,” he said. “At least we can make some kind of run.”

Damon said he’d like to play in Detroit next year, too, but “there’s no guarantee.”

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera welcomed Damon’s decision.

“It’s good for us. He stays here and we can play more together and see what happens. We can do a lot of things,” Cabrera said. “We can win more games, we can get more support in the lineup. If he stays here for some reason, it’s because he likes it here, he believes in us. That’s good.”

Said Damon: “I’ve said Miguel Cabrera was the best hitter I’ve ever seen and I wanted to see it for a whole year.”

Damon talked to Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski on Monday night before he made his decision and spoke to assistant GM Al Avila and manager Jim Leyland on Tuesday.

“I told him to do what your heart tells you,” Leyland said. “Don’t worry about the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Jim Leyland, Terry Francona or anybody else.”

One of Damon’s concerns about remaining with the Tigers was his playing time. He was concerned the team might want to look at younger players.

“Yes, he’s going to play,” Leyland said. “Is he going to play every game? No. He hasn’t played every game to this point.”

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