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Justin Verlander is Roughed Up By Yankees

It wasn’t a good day for Justin Verlander.  He was solid in his first two starts this spring but tonight he was knocked around for four runs on four hits and a walk and just as important, he lasted just 2 1/3 innings.  Zach Simons (who I don’t think was originally supposed to pitch) was also beat up for two runs in the eighth inning.

The Tigers managed just six hits in the loss.  Alex Avila drove in a pair of runs that cut the lead to 4-3 but the Yankees opened the game up later and won 7-3.  Brandon Inge reached base twice with a pair of walks while Placido Polanco doubled and scored a run.

Tomorrow, we’ll get Edwin Jackson on the mound.  Joel Zumaya, Kyle Bloom, Ryan Perry and Clay Rapada are all schedule to pitch as well.  Jackson has thrown five shutout innings so far in two starts and hopefully his success continues.  I’m probably most interested in seeing how Bloom throws.  He’s thrown four shutout innings with three strikeouts.  I didn’t think he had much of a chance as the Tigers Rule 5 pick but so far, he’s shown he can get it done.

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