Although despite the victory, Jason Johnson left the game after only two innings with a blister. These things can linger (ask Josh Beckett), so stay tuned. Johnson is still set to pitch on Monday in the opener against the Blue Jays.
Bobby Higginson did the bulk of the damage today, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Tigers the lead for good. Brian Schmack came in and pitched extremely well, throwing three perfect innings, and striking out four batters. It was also nice to see Danny Patterson back, as he pitched the eighth inning.
And three more Tigers were sent down to the minors. Erik Eckenstahler, Andres Torres, and Jason Smith will start the season down south. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Torres back up if Sanchez doesn’t show signs of improving.