Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario (46) throws the ball to first base for an out during their game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on Tuesday. The Tigers won the game, 4-3.

DETROIT – It’s funny how you aren’t hearing much about Jeimer Candelario going 0 for 17 with six strikeouts to start the season. There’s a reason for that.

He’s been playing Gold-Glove caliber defense. He’s been flawless. Before Thursday, he made all 16 plays that have come his way, posting a plus-2 defensive runs saved. He’s made plays on the charge. He’s made plays going to his right and left, and he’s made plays in the shift playing in either the shortstop or second base position.

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