In response to maxbialystock's comment:
I could not disagree more with the naysayers, who refuse to recognize the importance of telling the runner in the dugout that the purpose of the bunt was to get him to 3B, not 2B. How many times has any manager set that play up in exactly that way? I say again, a planned bunt to get a runner from 1B to 3B. Brilliant.
As for the Berry thing, I would simply counter that Middlebrooks was the better choice to prevent the Tigers from foreseeing the real danger of a bunt--not a runner on 2B with one out, but a runner on 3B with one out.
As for the play at 3B, there is no doubt in my mind Middlebrooks would have been safe in any case. Fielder, no surprise, threw to the wrong side of the base, on top of which Pena had to backhand the ball and then sweep all the way around in a clockwise manner--very awkward for a righty. No way he was going to put the tag on Middlebrooks in time.
It does occur to me that some of you guys seem to listen to Fox so that you will know what to think. If Fox says that play was all about umpire interference, then of course it must be. If Fox doesn't grasp the fact that this was a designed play and not simply Middlebrooks being opportunitistic, then of course it wasn't a designed play or wasn't worth mentioning.
Did I forget to mention that Cabrera had absolutely no problem fielding the bunt and throwing Ross out? Farrell has wisely refrained from using the bunt until the perfect opportunity to make it really work. Too bad Vic struck out swinging at two pitches in the dirt.
First, the Tigers are not stupid. They fully knew about the possiblity of the bunt. Since they knew its the obligation of the manager to put players into the game who are most likely to succeed in that circumstance. That player was Berry, not Middlebrooks. Second, I doubt it was a designed play so much as heads up baserunning by Middlebrooks. Berry would have done the same thing only faster. And third, no one would have made it to third base had their catcher done his job and covered third base. He got a very late start and even then nearly tagged Middlebrooks out.