Seven runs in five innings. It wasn’t that great of a tune up game for Justin Verlander this after as the Braves bounced him around. He gave up five in the second, one in the third and one more in the fourth so it wasn’t just contained to one bad inning (even though he had one of them). He’ll go head to head to with Roy Halladay on opening day this coming Monday.
Juan Rincon threw another shutout frame. Again, the game wasn’t on so I wasn’t able to see who he faced. Fernando Rodney also threw a shutout inning while Casey Fien gave up a run in the ninth.
Curtis Granderson was the hitting star. He went two for four with a two run homer, his third long all of the spring. Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird each had a pair of hits in the 9-3 beat down.
Next up are the Blue Jays. Eddie Bonine and Ryan Perry should see some work in this one. Edwin Jackson is going to get some innings, but it’ll be with the minor league club against a Nationals affiliate. This will be the last spring game at Lakeland before the Tigers head to Atlanta for a pair of spring games at Turner Field against the Braves.