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Using a lineup of four back-ups and the rest minor leaguers to make
sure his team headed north healthy, MGR Ron Gardenhire's Tigers beat
the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in the exhibition finale for
In a game played at T-Bay's regular season home, the domed Tropicana
Field, because it's close to the airport, Matthew Boyd had a solid last tune-
up start on the mound for Detroit. The lefty went 5-IP to yield 1-R/1-ER
on 2-H & 2-W with 7-K.
Tampa Bay took the early lead when Wilson Ramos doubled home Kevin
Kiermaier from 1Base with 2-out/B-1st.
Detroit tied and went ahead in a 2-R/T-7th when Christin Stewart singled-
in fellow prospect Daz Cameron, then two more TigerTowners combined
as Kam Gibson doubled home Jake Rogers. The runs came off Rays closer
Alex Colome (L, 1-2).
Victor Alcantara worked a perfect B-6th with 1-K for the win (1-0). Louis
Coleman tossed two scoreless frames. Paul Voelker loaded the bases on 1-H,
1-W & 1-HBP in the B-9th but struck-out the side for the save (#2).
The Tigers concluded Grapefruit LGE action with a 13-15-5 record.
The Tigers will finalize their 25-man roster Wednesday in advance
of Thursday's Opening Day vs Pittsburgh at Comerica Park.
DET 2-5-0, 3-LOB (W) Alcantara, 1-0; (S) Voelker, #2
TBR 1-4-0, 7-LOB (L) Colome, 1-2
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