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Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman Have Solid Starts In Split Squad Thursday

The Tigers played two yesterday and while Jim Leyland still won’t say who will anchor the back half of his rotation, both Jeremy Bonderman and Dontrelle Willis threw good enough yesterday to where they may be the front runners for the job.  In the afternoon game, Willis got into trouble early in the first but bounced back and threw three scoreless frames to finish out his start.  He walked the first two batters he face but only walked one the rest of the way.   In all, he gave up just a run on two hits and three walks and he struck out three.  Five different relievers, including Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde, each threw a shutout inning the rest of the way.

At the plate, Ramon Santiago went two for four with a run and an RBI in the 5-1 win.  Carlos Guillen and Miguel Cabrera each doubled and drove in a pair of runs.

In the evening game, Jeremy Bonderman threw 4 1/3 after getting a nice 5-0 lead in the first.  In all, he gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Enrique Gonzalez threw two shutout innings and Dan Schlereth threw a shutout eighth inning.  Six different Tigers doubled in the 8-2 win.  Adam Everett was one of those and he drove in two and scored.  Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez both had a pair of hits in the win.

Next up is Justin Verlander against the Braves.  This one is on MLB.TV and unfortunately I won’t be home to watch it.  Derek Lowe throws for the Braves in this one.   It’s going to be a late night tonight so if the archived game isn’t up, I’ll probably listen to the Twins and Orioles game while I work. Have a good weekend everyone.

It is exciting that both pitchers have been doing well this spring. Once upon a time, both had enormous upside, but now both are battling for a starting spot. Wouldn’t it be great if one or both turned it around and returned to form from about three years back?

Posted by Dan on March 26th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

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