Detroit's loss is Matt Joyce's gain.
The Tigers recalled former Oneonta Tigers outfielder Joyce on Sunday to fill the roster spot of right fielder Magglio Ordonez, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled oblique muscle on his right side.
Ordonez injured himself in the third inning of Saturday's 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The American League batting champion last season with a .363 average, Ordonez is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs this season.
Joyce, who batted .332 for Oneonta in 2005, entered Sunday's 4-3 win over Colorado as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the eighth for Marcus Thames. Joyce then played right field in the ninth inning.
Sunday marked Joyce's second stint with Detroit this season. He batted .208 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 18 appearances earlier this year. Joyce was called up from Triple-A Toledo, where he is batting .270 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs.
Three other former O-Tigers contributed hits Sunday.
Center fielder Curtis Granderson, the 2002 New York-Penn League MVP, went 2-for-4 with a run.
Clete Thomas also went 2-for-4 with a run. Thomas, who played right field then moved to left Sunday, started his professional career in Oneonta in 2005. That season, he batted .386 in 18 games for the O-Tigers before earning a promotion to West Michigan.
Second baseman Michael Hollimon went 1-for-2 for Detroit. He batted .275 and hit 13 homers in his first professional season, in 2005 with the O-Tigers.