Magglio Ordonez - after haircut - from the Detroit Free Press
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez has earned $18 million with a fifth-inning groundball.
The at-bat Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, was Ordonez's 1,080th plate appearance since the start of the 2008 season, the number that he needed to automatically trigger his $18 million contract option for 2010. The option will make the contract that began in 2005 worth $93 million over six years.
The appearance was also Ordonez's 455th of 2009. If Ordonez comes to the plate 1,080 times between 2009 and 2010, he'll activate another $15 million option for the 2011 season.
Ordonez reached on Alex Gordon's error in the fifth.