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CLEVELAND -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland finally commented on shortstop Jhonny Peraltas 50-game suspension. . And in true Leyland fashion, his remarks were to the point. "I will say we will miss Jhonny Peralta and thats the end of it," Leyland said before Detroits game against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. "Im not going to discuss it any further. I do owe you that comment, I think." Shortly after Peralta was banned 50 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal on Monday, Leyland told reporters to leave his office after he was asked to comment on Peraltas suspension. General manager Dave Dombrowski had told media members he would be the teams lone spokesman on the matter. Leyland said he wasnt comfortable addressing Peraltas complex situation. The two-time All-Star was one of 13 players disciplined in baseballs most sweeping punishment in nearly a century. "I was not going to make comments on stuff," a relaxed Leyland said, sitting at his desk holding a bat before batting practice. "Youre talking about legal issues and everything else. Thats silly for somebody like me to be making comments about that. Im not going to do it. Im not going to get trapped into that." Leyland felt it was best to leave the Tigers comments on the matter to Dombrowski, who spent 10 minutes addressing the situation in Detroits dugout before Mondays series opener. Leyland thought it was disrespectful that he was asked about Peralta after media members were informed he would only talk about on-field issues. "We tried to have one spokesman and we tried to eliminate as much bombardment of the players as we could because we are here to play a game," Leyland said. "Thats why Dave was the spokesman and thats why we werent going to get into any discussions about that in here. Its also a no-win situation to start talking about that. "Some managers have made comments about it. I choose not to because I dont think thats my place. Nothing good could come out it in here because you dont know details. You dont know facts. You dont want to start popping off because you dont know what youre talking about, particularly when its something of that magnitude." Leyland is confident that his Tigers, who have won nine straight and have a four-game lead over second-place Cleveland entering Tuesdays game, will remain driven and wont be distracted by Peraltas absence. "They did a great job of maintaining their focus pretty good on an uncomfortable day for you and me and the players and everybody else," Leyland said. "They did a terrific job of keeping their focus on the task at hand because it was not a fun day, obviously, for baseball." . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury. . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation.Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been named Scottish Premiership Player of the Season by the competition sponsors. The 25-year-old was pivotal in helping the Hoops secure their fifth successive Scottish Premiership title win.Griffiths netted 31 times in the league and reached an overall tally of 40 for the campaign, the first Celtic player to reach that figure since Henrik Larsson 12 years ago. The latest prize for Griffiths has completed a hat-trick for the Scotland international this season, after he won the SPFL Players Player of the Year, and the Scottish Football Writers Player of the Year awards. Griffiths with his latest award and the Scottish Premiership trophy Playing as well as I did, scoring 40 goals in a season and collecting a clean sweep of awards is something I never dreamed of at the start of the season, Griffith said.But I said it before that I want to make a name for myself here, I dont want to be living off the back of others. I want my name remembered as well.The former Livingston, Dundee Wolves and Hibernian forward, who blossommed under Ronny Deila at Celtic, is looking forward to working with new manager Brendan Rodgers. Griffiths was at Celtic Park when Rodgers arrived at the club last month, and is confident the Hoops will flourish under the former Liverpool and Swansea boss Henrik Larsson scoring for Celtic in the UEFA Cup final against Porto in 2003 I think everybodys excited. Its a big name coming to Scottish football, Griffiths said.You saw when the gaffer was unveiled there were over 10,000 people here, it shows what it means to the Celtic fans. Im sure he took in how big a club it is.Ive not spoken to him a length, I just said hello. I was here for his unveiling as well. Well talk in the next few weeks and Ill find out what his plans are, and what Im capable of doing, and well take it from there. Also See: Celtic begin backroom changes Christie keen to impress Rodgers aims to get fans back Rodgers: Celtic not a step down Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '