With the stellar starting staff the Tigers have, the last thing you can afford to do is give up hits on balls that should have been turned into outs. "I feel good in the field right now," said Peralta, who dropped 21 pounds.

At no time did the Tigers tell Peralta to ignore the rumors. "No we didn't talk about it," he said. "I just come to the field and focus on playing.

"Whatever happens, happens."

So far, nothing has happened.