Ex-Tiger Nicholas Castellanos hits a pair of HRs at his longtime nemesis ... Comerica Park

Kirkland Crawford
Detroit Free Press

We thought Comerica Park was a bit too unfair for Nicholas Castellanos.

The former Detroit Tigers star is playing in his first series at his old home since he was traded to the Cubs last season. 

After signing with the Reds in the offseason, eyebrows raised when it was revealed his homecoming would be in the second weekend of this truncated season.

And after going 1-for-3 with a double on Friday, Castellanos still had plenty of extra-base power in his bat. 

In his first at-bat of the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, with a runner on first base in the first inning, Castellanos hammered a Rony Garcia pitch into the left-center gap and over the fence that separates the bullpen from the field of play. 

Then his next at-bat, with no one on in the third inning, Castellanos took Garcia deep again, this time to right field.

Remember when Castellanos railed against the dimensions of Comerica Park, the field he called home for the first 6½ seasons of his career?

“This park is a joke,” Castellanos said last year. “It’s to the point where, how are we going to be compared to the rest of the people in the league in terms of power numbers, OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage), slugging and all of that stuff when we got a yard out here that’s 420 feet straight across center field?”

It's been a big week for Castellanos, who hit a pair of home runs against his other former team, Chicago, on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Tuesday's homer was a grand slam. 

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