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>>caption: THE TIGERS GOT AN
EARLY MINER SURPRISE<<
@ PORT ST. LUCIE, FL:
The Tigers snapped a three game
exhibition losing skid with a 10-6 win
over the New York Mets Wednesday
In the process Detroit lost a pair
of frontline players with sprains
which were termed as not serious.
The first batter of the ballgame,
Tiger SStop Adam Everett, was removed from the contest when he jammed his
left ankle sliding into secondbase on a lead-off double.
LHP Nate Robertson started and lasted just 0.2-IP after being struck by a
throw on his left/pitching thumb during a 3-6-1 double play attempt on a relay
toss made by Everett's emergency replacement, minor leaguer Danny Worth.
Having lost out on the fifth starter's role he'd aimed at, RHP Zach Miner
replaced Robertson on the hill earlier than expected and threw 3.1-IP of 3-H,
1-W, 3-K scoreless relief.
Battered again, non-roster RHP Scott Williamson gave up 5-R/5-ER on 5-H & 1-W
in his lone inning, but was in the right place at the right time to get the win (1-0)
when Detroit countered with a 4-R/T-6th against Mets lefty Ron Villone (L, 0-1).
Williamson's ERA bloated back into double digits at 10.24.
Tiger Placido Polanco hit a 3rHR (#1) and Jeff Larish went 3-for-5 with 2-2B & 3-RBI.
In his spring outfield debut, Clete Thomas (who'd been limited to DH and pinch-running
duties coming off elbow surgery) went 2-for-5 with a double and 2-RBI.
Highlighting the Mets offense were Fernando Tatis who went 3-for-3 with a 2B, R &
RBI and Brian Schneider with a 2r2B.
Tiger prospect reliever Ryan Perry got another look and went 1.2-IP. Perry continued
to be erratic allowing 2-H & 2-W with 2-K, but was unscored upon to lower his ERA to 1.04.
Non-roster RHP Juan Rincon pitched a perfect B-9th to keep his spring ERA spotless.
Mets starter Oliver Perez, ineffective for Team Mexico in the WBC, was knocked
around by the Tigers Wednesday. Perez had 4-K but allowed 6-R/6-ER on 5-H & 6-W
including Polanco's homer in 3.2-IP.
The Tigers are now 9-13-1 in Grapefruit games and 11-14-1 in all Florida exhibitions.
The Mets are 10-13-1 in Grapefruit action.
DET 10-12-2, 8-LOB (W) Williamson, 1-0
NYM 6-13-0, 11-LOB (L) Villone, 0-1
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "I don't think (Robertson's injury is) anything. He's just real
swollen...(Miner's outing was) a perfect example of not overthinking. It was a surprise
(for Minber to go in so early), and he went out there with good stuff and pitched his butt
off...His stuff is plenty good now. He went out there and pitched and looked like a very
good big league pitcher today."
The Tigers host their only Lakeland night game Thursday at 6:05pm. Prospect RHP
Rick Porcello is scheduled to start vs Andy Sonnastine of the AL Champion Tampa Bay
Rays. Detroit's returning WBC players are expected to play.
Mets relievers Francisco Rodriguez (Team Venezuela) and J.J. Putz (Team USA)
each made their returns from the WBC Wednesday. Both pitched a perfect inning in
a Mets minor league game.
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