The Associated Press
5:16 PM CST, February 19, 2013
This might be the year that Andy Dirks finally gets to prove he is a full-time major leaguer.
The Detroit Tigers left fielder has flirted with the starting job for two years, but still hasn't played a full season. He was on his way to a regular spot last season until he suffered inflammation in his right Achilles tendon that sidelined him for most of June and July.
Dirks came back and was key down the stretch, ending the season with a .322 average in 88 games, and he batted .274 against left-handers while hitting .336 against righties. Dirks said he doesn't mind being platooned and that it is up to manager Jim Leyland to fill out the lineup card.
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