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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - It was the type of play that can certainly happen in these early exhibition games, when fielders may not be all that used to each other.

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Toronto outfielders Mike McCoy and Ryan Langerhans were both shaken up after colliding on a flyball in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 10-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Langerhans stayed in the game. McCoy got up and was able to walk toward the clubhouse with a left quad contusion.

``I think we must have called it at the same time. I called it, I think three or four times, and kind of slowed up,'' Langerhans said. ``I never heard Mike call it, and he said he called it, so we must have called it at the same time.''

With the bases loaded, Detroit's Jeff Kobernus lifted a fly to medium right-center. McCoy came over from center field, and just as the ball arrived, he ran into Langerhans, who was playing right. They both stayed down for a bit, and other Toronto fielders quickly went out to check on them.

``I finished calling it and then kind of started hearing the footsteps coming pretty quick,'' Langerhans said. ``It was kind of one of those `uh-oh, brace for impact' deals.''

It wasn't clear at first if either of them made the catch, raising the possibility of an inside-the-park grand slam, but the play was ruled a flyout to right.

Both Langerhans and McCoy are non-roster invitees.

``I think it's a matter of playing together, and also that's just one of those things sometimes that can just happen,'' Langerhans said. ``Especially on windy days like that.''

Toronto won 10-3.

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