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BUC BATTERS ZAP ZACH.....Pittsburgh 6, TIGERS 4, S 3/1/09
Posted on: 03-01-2009

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>>caption:  CLEVLEN TRIPLED IN
TWO AND SCORED ANOTHER<<

@ BRADENTON, FL:

    In his farewell appearance
before joining Team USA for the
WBC, Tiger CFielder Curtis
Granderson went 2-for-3 with a HR, W, SB and 2-R Sunday.
    However, the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame a 3-R defecit by pounding Detroit
starting rotation candidate Zach Miner to score a 6-4 win over the Tigers
at historic McKechnie Field.
    Pirates starter Jimmy Barthmaier had a rough start. He walked lead-off
man Granderson who promptly stole second, DH Gary Sheffield also walked
with 1-out, then a wind-blown triple to CField by surprise clean-up hitter
Brent Clevlen quickly made it 2-0. Mike Hessman followed to single home
Clevlen to make it 3-0/T-1st.
    Granderson's lead-off homerun (#1) to CField off third Pirate pitcher Sean
Burnett made it 4-1 Detroit in the T-5th.
    Justin Verlander threw free and easy and displayed a strong fastball as he
became the first Tiger to throw 3-IP this spring. J-V allowed 1-R/1-ER on 1-H &
2-W with 1-K, the only tally coming across in the B-2nd on a sac-fly by Pittsburgh's
Andy LaRoche.
    However, Miner allowed seven basehits to the 12 batters he faced over 2-IP.
The Bucs went ahead 6-4 with 5-R on 5-H in the B-5th. A a line drive 3rHR by
Nate McLouth (#1) rocketed over the RField wall and into the parking lot to cap
the scoring.
    Relief possibilities Clay Rapada, Macay McBride and Ryan Perry each pitched
a scoreless inning to finish up on the hill for Detroit. McBride struggled however,
and had to work out of a bases-loaded jam after allowing 1-H & 2-W in the B-7th.
    Granderson and McLouth (2-for-3) were the only players in the game with
multiple basehits.  
    Miner took the loss (0-1), Burnett was credited with the win (1-0) and
seventh Pittsburgh pitcher Juan Mateo worked a perfect T-9th for the save (#1).
    The Tigers are now 2-3 in Grapefruit LGE play with all the wins at home and
all the defeats on the road. (Detroit's next four exhibitions are back in Lakeland.)
Pittsburgh is 4-1.

    DET       4-5-0, 6-LOB       (L) Miner, 0-1
    PITT      6-10-0, 7-LOB     (W) Burnett, 1-0; (S) Mateo, #1

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Granderson scored a pair of runs for the second consecutive game.
    Tiger utilityman Jeff Larish is sidelined with a stiff neck.
    Tiger OF/DH Marcus Thames was a late scratch to be with his wife Danna,
who was in labor with the couple's second child.
    Attempting to make the Pittsburgh roster as a reserve, former Tiger OFielder
Craig Monroe went 1-for-2 with a W & R.
    A diving grab and throw by Pirates back-up SStop Anderson Machado ended
the T-7th and prevented Detroit from perhaps tying the game.
    A morning rainstorm dropped temps almost 20 degrees from the previous
day with gametime temp officially listed as 60 under cloudy skies, although
the ballpark thermometer read 58 degrees.
    Detroit faces Florida-Southern Monday afternoon in the annual meeting of
the two Lakeland-based baseball teams. Among the Tigers scheduled to pitch
are Edwin Jackson, Joel Zumaya, prospect Rick Porcello and minor leaguer Max
Russell.

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