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Spring Training Game:
Detroit 2 Boston 1
In this extra inning affair, Rick Porcello and Clay Bucholz exchanged pleasantries with the opposing batters to the tune of a 1-1 tie through 9 innings.
Not until extra innings were the Tigers able to capitalize on runners in scoring position, as Brandon Inge ripped a single into right field, where JD Drew misread the trajectory, allowing the ball to drop in front and roll past him to allow the winning run.
Great game @Bradkaz96
Attached is the highlight reel.
I still cant believe I made that catch at 3rd with Youkolis. Great game Ryan
With the spring training league starting up soon, I'd like to take the time to roll out the Tigers 2011 projected starting lineup, rotation, and key members of the bullpen.
1. Austin Jackson - CF
2. Ryan Raburn - LF
3. Magglio Ordonez - DH
4. Miguel Cabrera - 1B
5. Victor Martinez - C
6. Carlos Guillen - 2B
7. Brennan Boesch - RF
8. Johnny Perralta - SS
9. Brandon Inge - 3B
You can expect to see some potential platooning in RF for LHP's, brining in some of the young talent, such as Will Rhymes at 2B and moving Guillen to RF, and Clete Thomas and Don Kelly have impressed early on this season.
1. Justin Verlander - RHP
2. Max Scherzer - RHP
3. Rick Porcello - RHP
4. Phil Coke - LHP
5. Brad Penny - RHP
LRP - Robbie Weinhardt - RHP
LRP - Brad Thomas - LHP
MRP - Ryan Perry - RHP
MRP - Joel Zumaya - RHP
MRP - Daniel Schlereth - LHP
SU - Joaquin Benoit - RHP
C - Jose Valverde - RHP
Other guys that may squeeze into the bullpen are Brayan Villareal, young LHP Andrew Oliver, and maybe even the 19 year old Jacob Turner.
Look for the Tigers to make some moves to improve at SS or RF, but other than that, coach Leyland is extremely pleased with the future of this squad.
The fate will certainly lie in the hands of the middle of the pitching rotation. If Porcello can perform like he did in the spring training game against the Red Sox, the AL Central could be in for a ride against this team.
Offensively, the Tigers have not found their groove consistently enough, but Leyland doesn't seem to be to concerned.
We look forward to a strong showing in 2011 and are proud to be a member and contributor to the TBL.
Spring Training Game #1 -
Detroit 5 Boston 4
WP - Justin Verlander (1-0)
LP - Jon Lackey (0-1) ?
S - Jose Valverde (1)
Big win for the Tigers as it seems like the bats came together in this game.
Magglio Ordonez went 2-4 with a triple, Austin Jackson went 1-4 with a bases loaded triple to clear the bases, and Ryan Raburn racked up a pair of nice singles.
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in 7 innings of work, giving up the solo homer to JD Drew enroute to his first win. Jouqin Benoit was roughed up in the set up role, as the Red Sox rattled in 3 runs in the top of the 8th to cut the lead to 1 into the 9th. Valverde would hold on to the save, striking out 1 and giving up two long fly outs to end the game.
Good game @Bradkaz96
Spring Training series - @ Oakland
Game 1 - Detroit 0 Oakland 3
WP - Trevor Cahill (1-0)
LP - Brad Penny (0-1)
Game 2 - Detroit 14 Oakland 0
WP - Rick Porcello (1-0)
LP - Brett Anderson (0-1)
It was definitely a tale of two completely games in this away series in the bay area. In the first game, Cahill completely controlled the Tigers potentially potent offense, shutting down the Tigers on the scoreboard and holding them to only 3 hits. Cahill was dominant. Inducing easily 10-15 ground ball outs. Mark Ellis showed some unexpected power too, knocking out a solo shot in the 7th inning, to open up the scoring for the A's. Despite losing, Brad Penny showed promise in his 7 innings of work, striking out 11.
Game 2 was a whole different ball game. Ryan Raburn opened up the action with a solo shot to deep left center field off Anderson. Next at bat, Victor Martinez lined a base hit up the middle and Anderson came up lame and had to be pulled. The wheels came off from there for the A's, as Miguel Cabrera finally came uncorked and drilled a deep homerun to right center field.
Later in the game, Austin Jackson would clear the bases again with a triple, to add to his team leading 6 RBI's for the season.
Cabrera wasn't done with his only hit of the season either, as he blasted one out to deep left center on a ball low and away off the A's bullpen.
Cabrera watching his second long shot clear late in the game.Magglio Ordonez would add a 3 run homer for himself.Despite the collective offensive effort in game 2, Rick Porcello was the player of the game for spinning a complete game shut out, racking up 15 K's in his 9 innings of work. This type of effort is what's going to help the Tigers grab hold of the central division come regular season play.
The Tigers split their games today, defeating the Yankees 4-2 in the first game and losing to a tough Reds team 7-3 later.
Phil Coke picked up a quality start against the Yankees, as he was able to contain their potent lineup as well as one could expect. Jhonny Perralta took Freddy Garcia deep in the 2nd inning to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.WP - Phil Coke (1-0)LP - Freddy Garcia (0-1)S - Jose Valverde (2)Did not get a highlight reel from the 2nd game, but all that needs to be said is that Scott Rolen owned Max Scherzer. Rolen hit 2 homers that essentially killed the Tigers.WP - Edison Volquez (1-0)LP - Max Scherzer (0-1)
Detroit 3 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2
The Tigers escape with a W in their first spring training game with the Angels thanks to a homer in the bottom of the 8th to take their first lead of the game.
Justin Verlander was the starter, but had to leave after only 1.1 innings of work due to tightness in his throwing arm. Ryan Perry came in immediately and ate up 3.2 innings before handing things over to youngster Andrew Oliver. Oliver was perfect on the day, pitching 4 scoreless/hitless innings of work for 0 runs, enroute to his first win.
With the score 2-0 in the bottom of the 7th, Victor Martinez finally cracked things open for the Tigers, with a long shot off Joel Pineiro.
The bottom of the 8th was when Detroit finally took the lead, thanks to an Austin Jackson opposite field jack.
Jose Valverde would pick up his 3rd save of the spring.
Attached is the highlight reel:
Detroit 3 Texas 2
In a well pitched game for both starters, Brad Penny finally put a solid showing together, going 6 innings and only surrendering 2 runs on 4 hits as the player of the game.
Brennan Boesch got the Tigers on the board with an infield single that scored Miguel Cabrera.
Jhonny Perralta and Carlos Guillen would add home runs to take the lead late in the game.
Jose Valverde would close the door for his 4th save in Spring Training.
The Tigers opened up the regular season with a nice 6-4, come from behind victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Verlander gave up 4 early runs in the 2nd inning, but was able to lock up shop through 6 innings, surrendering only 3 hits and striking out 6 to get the win.
Victor Martinez homered twice in his Detroit debut, knocking in 4 runs. Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Perralta also took KC SP Hochevar yard to give the Tigers some breathing room.
Going into the 7th with the lead, the Tigers bullpen shut the door thanks to the efforts of Zumaya, Benoit, and Valverde. The backend of this bullpen should be tough to touch if the Tigers have a lead.
The Tigers racked up a three game sweep yesterday, defeating Seattle 5-3, Chicago White Sox 7-1, and the Minnesota Twins 7-1.
Brad Penny, Max Scherzer, and Phil Coke all picked up wins.Phil Coke was most impressive, holding a perfect game through 6 innings, until he surrendered his first hit and eventually his first run in the 8th.Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Brandon Inge, and Austin Jackson all knocked one out of the park in this 3 game stand. Outside of the the HR, Jackson has been absolutely on fire at the plate for the Tigers.GG @RadarRider and@Chunkness
The Tigers pick up two more wins this week against the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.
Brandon Inge went 3-4 with 3 RBI's off two doubles against Toronto and Miguel Cabrera hit the GW HR in Cleveland and added another to his tally in Toronto.
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