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Nate Robertson Throws Five Solid Frames In Loss to Yankees

The Tigers lost yesterday to the Yankees 2-1 but once again, Nate Robertson did a nice job making his case for the fifth spot in the Tigers’ rotation.  It’s getting awfully close to the start of the season so if Leyland wants to stretch out his starters, he’s going to have to decide on his rotation pretty soon.  Robertson gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts yesterday.  The Yankees had a quite a few familiar faces playing and one of those runs came on a solo shot by Marcus Thames.  Joel Zumaya struck out the side in the sixth and Ryan Perry threw a shutout inning.

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The Tigers managed just six hits in the contest.  Magglio Ordonez went one for two with a walk and an RBI.  Johnny Damon doubled and scored.  Brandon Inge stole a base so it’s nice to see him testing himself on the basepaths.  Oddly Miguel Cabrera also stole a base.  For both it was their first of the spring.

Bobby Seay and Zach Miner both hit the disabled list and for Seay, it’s a torn rotator cuff so he’s out for a while.  The Tigers also trimmed their roster and one of the surprising cuts (for me) was Dan Schlereth.  I know he struggled at times this spring so he’ll get plenty of work for Toledo.  Wilkin Ramirez, Max St. Pierre, Enrique Gonzalez and Phil Dumatrait were also sent to minor league camp so as it stands, the Tigers have a few more players to trim before now and the start of the season.

The Tigers get a rematch against the Yankees this afternoon.  Max Scherzer gets the start for the Tigers.   He’s looked good his last two times out so hopefully he’ll be able to keep it going.  Joel Zumaya is also expected to throw as the Tigers get him used to working in back to back days.

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