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    Windsor’s Jacob Robson at last dons Old English D

    Baltimore — Jacob Robson went to high school in Windsor, right across the Detroit border — a 15-minute drive give or take depending on traffic. He was a regular at Comerica Park growing up, even scored tickets to Game 2 of the 2006 World Series.

    But as much as he dreamed of donning the Old English D and roaming that spacious outfield himself, especially after the Tigers drafted him in the eighth round in 2016, it was beginning to feel unreachable. When the Tigers told him this spring that he’d be starting the season back in Double A, after he’d had a productive year in Triple A in 2019 and played winter ball in both the Dominican and Australia — well, darn, what a kick in the pants.

    “Honestly, I’ve been pretty down at some points and I’ve been pretty high at other points,” said Robson, a speedy, athletic 26-year-old outfielder. “It’s the age-old thing, you can’t get too high or get too low. It’s a battle and I’m not saying I’m on top of it. It’s new every day.”

    So imagine the thrill Wednesday night when the call finally came that after kicking around in the system for five years, he was going to The Show. The Tigers purchased Robson’s contract from Toledo to replace Niko Goodrum, who was put on the injured list with a groin strain.

    “Baseball is an amazing game,” Robson said. “It can be brutal and it can be rewarding. I’m grateful I’m being rewarded right now.”

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