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>>caption: LUKE SCOTT ALWAYS
SNAPS HIS SLUMPS VS DETROIT<<
@ SARASOTA, FL:
The Orioles in general and Tiger-
Killer Luke Scott in particular
pounded RHP Max Scherzer in
exhibition action Monday afternoon.
Baltimore took a 13-0 lead in the
B-3rd and went on to defeat Detroit 14-9.
Only a 6-R/T-9th when the Tigertown minor leaguers took over made
the final score looked halfway competitive.
Scherzer (L, 1-3) lasted only 2.1-IP and was rocked for 12-R/11-ER on
9-H & 1-W with 2-K to almost double his Grapefruit LGE ERA to 10.38.
Lifted well before he reached his projected pitch count, Scherzer went
to the back diamonds of the O's minor league complex to throw 20 more
pitches and complete his work.
Eight of the 12 runs off Scherzer came on a trio of Orioles homeruns.
Scott hit a 1-out/B-1st Grand Slam (HR#3) and added a 2-out/B-2nd 3rHR
(#4) to collect 7-RBI in a 2-for-4 performance. Former Michigan Wolverine
Jake Fox added a T-2nd leadoff dinger, his MLB exhibition-leading 10th of
Enrique Gonzalez relieved Scherzer and gave up 1-R/1-ER in 2.2-IP,
the first time this spring the RHander has been scored upon. Minor leaguer
Chance Ruffin gave up Baltimore's other run in the B-8th when three of the
four men he faced reached base.
The Tigers scored single runs in the T-4th, T-5th & T-8th on RBI G'outs
by Ryan Raburn and Austin Jackson plus a solo homerun by Brennan Boesch (#3).
Detroit sent 11 men to the plate in the 6-R/T-9th where Jeff Rowland hit a
bases-loaded triple, scored on a bases-loaded Boesch RBI-1B, Don Kelly came
home on a bases-loaded walk and Michael Rockett raced in on a wild pitch.
Boesch and Will Rhymes both went 3-for-3 at the plate for Detroit.
Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis & Vladimir Guerrero all went 3-for-4 for the
Orioles. Roberts had a 2B, 3-R & RBI, Markakis a two-bagger, 2-R & 2-RBI and
Guerrero 1-R & 2-RBI.
Baltimore starter Zachary Britton (W, 3-0) worked 6-IP to allow 2-R/2-ER
on 8-H & 1-W with 4-K. LHP Britton, the O's top pitching prospect, allowed
only 3-ER in 20-IP this spring, but will likely open the year in Triple-A.
The Tigers are now 20-13 in Grapefruit games and Baltimore 15-14. The
Orioles won 2-of-3 in the pre-season series vs Detroit.
DET 9-15-2, 9-LOB (L) Scherzer, 1-3
BAL 14-18-0, 10-LOB (W) Britton, 3-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Scherzer] just made pitches that eighth and
ninth hitters get hits on, and the middle of the lineup crush them."
TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER: "I wanted to be dialed in today, and I wasn't. I look
forward to making the adjustments I need to make going into my first [regular
season] start...I was really flying open today. Everything was finishing off onto
the first-base side of the mound. I just couldn't make the necessary adjustment
during the game to fix that...I've got a couple things I'm doing wrong. Fortunately,
I've been in this situation before, and I know it only takes one bullpen [session] to
fix it...I'm going to have a long bullpen [Wednesday]. I'm really going to work on
some things, so that's going to help."
Scott had only 6-RBIs with a .185-BA entering Monday's game.
The Tigers conclude their exhibition schedule by visiting the New York
Yankees in Tampa Tuesday afternoon. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Two RHPs will start with Rick Porcello getting the call for Detroit and former
Tiger Freddy Garcia going for the Yanks.
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