The Tigers improved to 13-7 on the spring season with a nice win over the Nationals. Rick Porcello threw almost five innings and he gave up just one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. Jose Valverde and Dan Schlereth threw shutout frames while Ryan Perry got into trouble and he gave up a run in the ninth.
Victor Martinez hit his first home run of the spring. He belted a two run shot in the sixth inning. Magglio Ordonez went two for three and Brennan Boesch went two for three with a run and an RBI.
Justin Verlander has looked good this spring and he gets the start today against the Red Sox. The Tigers cut 18 players to their minor league camp and the most notable were Andrew Oliver and Jacob Turner. I think this is a smart move although it wouldn’t surprise me if we see Oliver up in 2011. Oliver will be pitching for the Hens (with Duane Below) and Turner will start the season with the SeaWolves. Gametime is 1:05. I’ll probably listen to this one tonight.