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>>caption: D-TRAIN SURVIVED A SHAKY
T-!ST TO GET THE GAME ONE WIN<<
@ JOKER MARCHANT STADIUM:
The old Dontrelle "Wild" Willis returned
Thursday afternoon, but he was able to
work out of trouble and the Tigers took
the first game of their day-night split-squad
doubleheader 5-1 from Toronto.
Willis walked the first two Blue Jays he
faced and threw a pair of pitches to the
backstop. A double steal and a Vernon Wells
sac-fly gave the Jays their only run without
a hit in the T-1st. Willis then changed
speeds, topped out at 94-mph and allowed
2-H & 3-W in his 4-IP to get the win (2-0).
Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya, Jose Valverde,
Fu-Te Ni and Ryan Perry all followed Willis with a scoreless, hitless relief inning
each. Zumaya hit 100-mph or better on his first three pitches and had 1-W &
1-K. Ni also walked a batter and Valverde had 2-K.
Miguel Cabrera had a 2r2B in the B-1st and Carlos Guillen an RBI-2B in the B-7th.
Ramon Santiago went 2-for-4 (the only hitter in the game with multiple safeties) with
1-R and a B-4th RBI.
Jays starter Marc Rzepczynski (L, 0-1) was touched-up for 4-H & 4-W to allow
3-R/3-ER in his 5-IP.
TOR 1-2-1, 6-LOB (L) Rzepczynski, 0-1
DET (ss) 5-8-1, 8-LOB (W) Willis, 2-0
@ VIERA, FL:
Detroit scored five times in the T-1st and went on to win the split-squad nightcap 8-2
An RBI-1B by Alex Avila, an RBI-G-Rule double from Scott Sizemore and a 2r2B off the
glove of Nationals 3Bman Ryan Zimmerman by Adam Everett may have ruined the chances
of J.D. Martin (L, 0-1) of becoming the Nats' fifth starter. However, Martin did recover to
retire the last 11 Tigers he faced.
Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman struggled at times in going 4.1-IP to get the win.
Bondo (W, 1-1) gave up 5-H & 1-W for 2-R/1-ER with 2-K and a wild pitch. He did manage to
get out of a bases-loaded, no-out B-4th with minimal damage, allowing just an RBI-G'out.
Three non-roster relievers and LHP Daniel Schlereth (1-IP, 1-H) followed Bonderman in
Johnny Damon (RBI) and Magglio Ordonez each went 2-for-4 for Detroit.
In his first game back after being sidelined 10 days with a tight hamstring, Nats CFielder
and lead-off man Nyjer Morgan was the only Washington player with multiple hits. Morgan
went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases
DET (ss) 8-13-2, 6-LOB (W) Bonderman, 1-1
WASH 2-7-0, 7-LOB (L) J. Martin, 0-1
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: ''Nate [Robertson] looked good the other day, Dontrelle looked
good today, Bonderman looked good tonight. 'You can make the case that they've all done
OK [in the battle for the final two Tiger rotation spots]. I don't think anybody's done great,
but certainly nobody's done bad. Nobody's spit the bit.''
Thursday's twinbill sweep gave the Tigers a 14-8-1 Grapefruit LGE record.
The Tigers visit the Atlanta Braves at Disney World Friday afternoon in a game
to be telecast nationally on ESPN. RHPs Derek Lowe of the Braves and Justin Verlander
of Detroit are the scheduled starters.
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