An old debate flared up during Wednesday's Tigers-Red Sox game - should a player try to break up a no-hitter with a bunt?

Detroit's Gerald Laird tried to bunt his way on to lead off the sixth inning against Josh Beckett. Had the bunt not rolled foul, it would have been a hit. Beckett, who lost his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh, hit Laird with a pitch on his next at-bat.

"It's only 4-0. It's the sixth inning. It's not like it was the eighth inning," Laird explained on MLB.com. "When you're only down four runs and it's the sixth inning, what does he want us to do? You do whatever you can to get on. I'm sure he didn't like that. That's probably why I wore one on the leg. It's all right. It's part of the game."

The issue was more controversial on May 27, 2001, when former Malvern Prep star Ben Davis dropped down a bunt with one out in the eighth to break up Curt Schilling's perfect game. Schilling said he was stunned.

Yankees' wild man

Andy Pettitte says he feels fine, but the lefthander, who rarely has had problems locating his pitches, suddenly can't find the strike zone.

Pettitte has walked 11 batters in his last two starts, covering 10 innings, including six in five innings during Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Texas.

"It was embarrassing," Pettitte said in the New York Post. "I try to preach to these younger guys to go out there and set the tone in the first inning, and I've been scuffling doing that."

Holliday on the move?

Oakland outfielder Matt Holliday wants to play for a contender. He is making $13.5 million and will become a free agent after this season. The Athletics are a small-market club and don't look like a contender.

"I'm not going to be mad either way, let's just say that," Holliday said, according to the Contra Costa Times. "I'll be OK to stay and play it out and see what happens."

Jeter and Kelly

The New York Daily News caught up with Derek Jeter and asked whether the rumors that he was soon to marry Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly were true.

"The what?" Jeter responded. "Engagement rumors with who? I have not heard that."

The newspaper interpreted that to mean no.

Noteworthy

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com projected that the White Sox would select outfielder Michael Trout of Millville High with the 23d overall pick in next week's draft. . . . Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett was suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed sum for throwing near the head of Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz on Tuesday night. Burnett's brush-back pitch came an inning after Vicente Padilla plunked Mark Teixeira for the second time. Burnett has appealed the suspension. . . . The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera left yesterday's game against the Red Sox with an injured left hamstring.

Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at 215-854-2743 or rparrillo@phillynews.com.