The Tigers got it done for the third straight spring game yesterday as they beat the Yankees 6-2. Justin Verlander gave up his share of baserunners (two hits, two walks) but he walked out of his two innings unscathed. Rick Porcello struck out three in two innings and Charlie Furbush had a tough time and he gave up the lone two runs the Yankees scored.
Of course the big news was Dan Schlereth coming out of the game with a hamstring injury. Schlereth is slated to be the primary lefty out of the pen and while right now they’re saying the injury is minor, this is definitely something to keep an eye on going forward. Hamstring injuries have a tendency to nag for a while so hopefully they give him the adequate time to heal before bringing him back into games that don’t matter. Of course this could create a setback in his schedule so hopefully they’ll be able to manage things.
Cale Iorg went deep with a solo shot in his only at bat. Ryan Strieby had another nice game with a single in two at bats with two RBIs and a run. Andy Dirks went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
It’s the Blue Jays again and the Phillies this afternoon in some split squad action. Jacob Turner gets the start and the Jays will throw Ricky Romero. Brad Thomas, John Bale, Brayan Villereal and Fu-Te Ni should all see some time on the mound. I don’t have the rundown on who’s pitching against the Phillies but if you’re an MLB.TV subscriber, this will be your first chance to see the Tigers because the Phillies are picking it up. This is going to be the first time I try to watch a game using the iPhone app.