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@ JUPITER, FL:
Just like it was mid-season, Justin Verlander
halted a Tiger two-game losing skid by going the
first four innings of a 6-1 Detroit win over the Florida Marlins Thursday night.
Verlander (W, 2-0) was scored upon for the first time in three outings this
spring, but allowed only 1-R/1-ER on 3-H & 0-W with 4-K.
The only run off Verlander was in his final frame. Hanley Ramirez led-off
the B-4th with a triple and scored on an RBI-G'out to 2Base by Logan Morrison.
The Tigers gave Verlander a 2-0 lead before he ever took the mound. Fish
starter Sean West (L, 0-1) had a rough beginning in his first Grapefruit appearance
when he hit lead-off man Austin Jackson and walked next batter Andy Dirks. Scott
Sizemore immediately doubled to CField to score both runners. Sizemore, who was
thrown out at third trying to stretch his two-bagger into a triple, has 5-RBI in the
last three games.
Detroit tagged third Marlins pitcher Chad James with 4-R in the T-5th.
Brandon Inge, batting clean-up, hit a 1-out, 3rHR (#1) to LField. Ramon
Santiago greeted Florida reliever Dustin Richardson with a 1-out, RBI-2B
with the run charged to James. In all, James gave up 4-R/4-ER on 3-H & 2-W
with 2-WP and an error charged to James on a wild pickoff attempt.
Following Verlander for Detroit were Fu-Te Ni, Robbie Weinhardt, Enrique
Gonzalez, John Bale and Al Alburquerque with a scoreless inning each.
Tiger non roster hopeful Alburquerque struck-out the side in the B-9th,
allowing 2-H but working out of the 2-on, 1-out mini-jam by whiffing the last
Santiago went 2-for-2, Inge 2-for-4 and Dirks 1-for-3 with 2-W.
Greg Dobbs was 3-for-4 (all singles) and Ramirez 2-for-3 for Florida.
The Tigers are now 9-6 and the Marlins 5-7 in Grapefruit games. The two
teams concluded their two-game pre-season series 1-1.
DET 6-8-0, 8-LOB (W) Verlander, 2-0
FLA (SS) 1-7-1, 7-LOB (L) West, 0-1
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: “I was pleased with my changeup...my breaking
ball was sharp. The fastball control was pretty good. Consistency working out of
the stretch was the one thing I’ll work on before the next start."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "It was a scoring opportunity [in the T-5th when he
hit his homer] and I wanted to take advantage of it."
Verlander is 2-0 with a 0.93-ERA in 3-GP this spring. In 9.2-IP Verlander
has allowed 1-R/1-ER on 8-H & 2-W with 8-K.
The Fish lost a day-night, split-squad doubleheader in Jupiter, also dropping
a 9-4 matinee game to the New York Mets.
A Thursday morning camp game in Lakeland was postponed by heavy rain
until Saturday. Pitching prospects LHP Andy Oliver and RHP Jacob Turner are
scheduled to throw against each other in that contest.
A day after details of his February arrest in Ft. Pierce, FLA were released
by the Florida state attorney's office, Tiger 1Bman Miguel Cabrera did not make
the trip to nearby Jupiter, FLA.
The Tigers stay in Jupiter to play the St. Louis Cardinals Friday afternoon.
The scheduled starting pitchers are Phil Coke for Detroit and Lance Lynn for the
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