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MLB Playoffs: Pittsburgh's Don Kelly Heads To ALCS With Tigers

Butler native and Mt. Lebanon graduate Don Kelly is headed to the ALCS to play the Texas Rangers as a member of the Detroit Tigers. And a somehow important-looking member, too - the Detroit Free Press calls Kelly "the ultimate utility player."

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Well, not really. Kelly doesn't hit well (although he's improved a lot since he started his major-league career with the Pirates a few years ago - back then he couldn't hit at all) and he doesn't play middle infield much anymore, now playing mostly in the infield and outfield corners. But he collected 11 at-bats in the Tigers' divisional series against the Yankees, including a first-inning homer in Thursday night's Game 5. 

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Kelly is the brother-in-law of Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. He currently lives in Wexford.

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For more on the Tigers vs. Rangers series, check out Bless You Boys and Lone Star Ball, along with SB Nation Detroit and SB Nation Dallas.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.