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Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga gets a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette from GM

Thu, 03 Jun 2010

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga may have just missed a perfect game on Wednesday night, but General Motors tried to help make up for it--with a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

Galarraga retired the first 26 Cleveland Indians batters in order on Wednesday night. The would-be final batter, Jason Donald, appeared to ground out, but umpire Jim Joyce ruled him safe in a controversial call that later that night he admitted was wrong. Galarraga then got the last out to record a one-hit, 3-0 win.

GM North American president Mark Reuss said on Thursday that the Tigers hurler deserved to be recognized for the way he handled the play. Though the crowd, Detroit manager Jim Leyland and the rest of the Tigers were incited by Joyce's ruling, Galarraga shrugged off the play and later forgave the umpire.

As of Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball was reviewing the call and debating whether it should be reversed.

By Izzi Bendall