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>>caption: DAMON (file photo) WENT DEEP
AGAINST HIS FORMER YANKEE MATES<<
@ JOKER MARCHANT STADIUM:
Detroit's home squad in a Saturday
afternoon split squad twinbill scored a 6-2
win over the New York Yankees.
In his first action against the Yanks since
leaving the Bronx for Detroit as a free agent,
Johnny Damon went 2-for-4 with an RBI-1B
and a solo homer (#1). Due to a turf toe
injury suffered Monday, Damon continued to
be limited to DH duty.
Ryan Raburn had an RBI-2B as part of a
4-for-4 performance. Gerald Laird went 2-for-3
with a 2r1B for Detroit.
The Tigers scored three times in the B-2nd
off NYY starter Chad Gaudin (L, 0-1) and three more in the B-5th off second Yankee
pitcher Sergio Mitre.
Coming off double off-season knee surgery, Tiger 3Bman Brandon Inge made his
first exhibition appearance this year and had no official time at bat in his 3-INN
Detroit starter Dontrelle Willis (W, 1-0) allowed 1-R/1-ER on 4-H & 1-W with 0-K
in his 3-IP, the first time he'd been scored upon (1.29-ERA) in three outings this
spring. The D-Train benefitted from two Tiger defensive double plays and a pair of
spectacular catches of windblown flyballs in CField by former Yankee prospect Austin
Jeremy Bonderman followed Willis and also allowed 1-R/1-ER on 4-H, but didn't
walk anybody and had 2-K in his 3-IP. Nate Robertson had a perfect 2-IP with 3-K.
Jose Valverde loaded the bases in the T-9th on 2-H & 1-W, but ended the game
with the sacks still juiced as he struck-out the side.
The top half of the Yankee lineup featured regulars including Derek Jeter who
was 2-for-4 with 1-R, Mark Teixeira who went 2-for-2 with 1-W, 1-R & 1-RBI and
Alex Rodriguez who had a 1-for-3 afternoon with an RBI-2B.
Jeter slid home ahead of a throw-in for the run off Willis, but was also thrown
out attempting to steal by Laird.
Former Tiger Curtis Granderson, who received a warm welcome back to Lakeland
when the Yankees visited Wednesday, stayed back in Yankee camp at Tampa on Saturday.
Another ex-Tiger Marcus Thames was 0-for-3 with 2-K by Bonderman.
The second biggest Lakeland crowd of the year (8,479) watched the contest.
NYY 2-10-1, 9-LOB (L) Gaudin, 0-1
DET 6-10-0, 8-LOB (W) Willis, 1-0
@ PORT ST. LUCIE, FL:
The Mets blew open a scoreless contest with a 9-R/B-7th and beat the Tiger
away split squad 9-1 Saturday afternoon.
The Mets hit four homeruns in their post-7th-INN stretch uprising. The first
three Amazins longballs were wind-assisted to RField and came off Tiger reliever
Ryan Perry. The last was served up by Zach Miner.
David Perry (#3) soloed, Daniel Murphy hit a 2rHR (#1) and Gary Matthews Jr.
a 2rHR (#2) off Perry (L, 0-1), whose ERA ballooned to 10.38. Off-season free
agent signee Jason Bay clubbed a 3rHR (#1) off Miner, whose ERA is now 12.71.
Bay went 3-for-3.
After being battered in his first two Tiger starts, Max Scherzer had an excellent
third effort. Scherzer went 4-IP to allow just 1-H & 0-W with 5-K.
Detroit was hitless until the T-7th when Magglio Ordonez singled off second Mets
pitcher Hisonari Takahashi (W, 2-0). Detroit prospect Audy Ciriaco drove home the
lone Tiger run in the T-8th with an RBI-1B.
DET 1-4-1, 5-LOB (L) Perry, 0-1
NYM 9-9-0, 2-LOB (W) Takahashi, 2-0
The Tigers host Tampa Bat Sunday afternoon. Unscored upon in two starts this
spring, Rick Porcello will get the mound assignment for Detroit. Jeff Niemann is
slated to start for the Rays.
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