Another rough one today. Zach Greinke shut down the Tigers and it wasn’t until Brandon Inge went yard in the seventh inning that the Tigers scored their first run since Monday. Inge has stepped it up nicely. In addition to the homer, he singled and drew a walk. Ivan Rodriguez continues to struggle as his exception spring didn’t carry over into the real season.
Miguel Cabrera missed the game because of a strained quad. Inge moved to third and Clete Thomas got the start out in centerfield. Leyland put him in the leadoff spot of all places and he finished one for four.
Jeremy Bonderman was good enough through five innings but then the Royals got to him for runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Bobby Seay and mostly Aquilino Lopez held the Royals scoreless the rest of the way but the hitters could manage just the jack from Inge.
Nate Robertson gets the start tomorrow and he was one of the Tigers’ more effective starters this spring. The White Sox will go with Jose Contreras.