The Tigers are seven innings into their spring game against the Nationals and so far so good. Armando Galarraga threw five solid innings in which he struck out nine and walked just one and his lone blemish was a two run homer by Ryan Zimmerman. Outside of the home run and the walk, he only gave up one other single to Christian Guzman. Even better, Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney each have a perfect inning each.
The Pleasure of Your Company (aka Wedding Daze) movie Clete Thomas brought the big stick and has a solo homer, a single and two RBIs. Ryan Raburn also went yard for the Tigers and the only other hit was a single by Brent Clevlen (he scored on Thomas’ homer. I’m home for the final two innings, but there’s neither radio or television coverage. Oh well. I have a choice of a couple of games tonight.
The Tigers also swung a deal today. They traded Rudy Darrow to the Braves for centerfielder Josh Anderson. This is an interesting move because the Tigers have a couple of 25+ AAAA guys (Anderson is 26) who can play centerfield coming off the bench in Brent Clevlen and Clete Thomas so I wonder if this move sets up a bigger trade down the line.
Anderson has little to prove in the minors. Last year, he hit .314 at Triple-A and he stole 42 bases. In each of the last five seasons, he’s stolen at least 40 with his career high coming in 2004 when he split time between both A levels where he stole 79 bases.
The final ended up being 3-2. Mike Hessman singled and Juan Rincon and Ryan Perry each threw a shutout inning. One of the knocks on Rincon has been the fact that the Tigers have protected him, only throwing him against minor league players. Today he got into trouble (one hit and a walk) but he struck out two, I just don’t know who he faced. If they have been protecting, I hope they stop soon so we see what they have.