Talk about an interesting spring development. Dontrelle Willis threw three innings today. He gave up a walk and he struck out two with no hits and no runs. He also did all of this with back spasms. That brings his spring ERA down to 0.90 and he’s making his case for the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation in a very strong fashion. I know it’s still the spring, but the Astros had most of their starters of their starters so maybe there’s a chance we’ll get our money’s worth out of Willis yet.
Don Kelly doubled, singled and scored twice in the 5-4 win over the Astros. Carlos Guillen doubled and drove in a run while Johnny Damon singled, drew a walk and scored.
Ryan Perry struck out three in 1 2/3 innings but he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Jay Sborz was also roughed up and he gave up a two run home run in the eighth inning. Brad Thomas struck out two in 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief.
The Tigers play two tomorrow (I think this is their first night game). Jeremy Bonderman throws against the Braves in the evening and prior to that, Rick Porcello will get the start against the Yankees at 1 pm. The 1 pm game is on MLB.TV and I’ll probably be at Panera so what I get to watch of the game will depend on how good their WiFi is that day.