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Just five players remain with the Detroit Tigers who played for them during the 2009 season.
Four of them are right-handers Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, catcher Alex Avila and first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Three of the fourth have been All-Stars and Porcello will become one for the first time next month.
The fifth? That is utility player Don Kelly, an alumnus of Mt. Lebanon High School and Point Park.
While the Tigers' roster has had great turnover, Kelly keeps surviving because he hits left-handed and can play all over the field. The 34-year-old has appeared at all nine positions during his seven major leagues season.
As former Tigers and Pirates manager Jim Leyland once said, "He would probably mow my lawn if I asked him."
Kelly, 34, is hitting .235 with no home runs and three RBIs in 35 games this season.
Kelly helped Mt. Lebanon win a state championship in 1998 and was a first-team All-America shortstop at Point Park in 2001. The Tigers selected him in the eighth round of the draft in 2001 and he was ranked as the organization's No. 19 prospect after both the 2003 and 2005 seasons by Baseball America.