Chad Durbin put up some nice numbers today in his final start of the spring. He threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and gave up five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Of course he’ll be taking over for Kenny Rogers as we figure out what’s wrong with him. Fernando Rodney gave up the only Astros run in the seventh and Todd Jones closed things out with a shutout ninth.
Brandon Inge had the big hit of the game. His three run, bases loaded clearing double in the second inning was all the Tigers managed, but it was good enough for the win.
The Tigers close out their spring season with two straight against the Yankees. Tomorrow’s game will be on ESPN.
I was checking out the Tigers schedule and I like their first two and a half weeks. They open against what should be a tough Blue Jays team but then nine of their next thirteen games are against the Orioles and Royals. They do have that quick ten game road trip right after their opening series but you have to like going up against some of those softer teams. Of course the four games in between there is a road trip to Toronto so it looks like we’ll be done with one of our former rivals before the middle of the month.