Today, the Tigers played an actual Major League team and came away with a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Port St. Lucie. A couple of players trying to solidify and perhaps expand their bench roles had good days. Omar Infante played shortstop and went 2 for 4 while Marcus Thames played left field and went 2 for 3 with a double. Neifi Perez did not help himself going 0 for 3 and making 2 errors.
Chad Durbin, who is hoping to win a bullpen spot, started and pitched 2 perfect innings. He was followed by hard throwing rookie Andrew Miller who struck out 4 and allowed 2 hits and a walk in 2 scoreless innings. Most of the regulars stayed back in Lakeland. Kurt has a more complete wrap up on Mack Avenue Tigers.
Chris Shelton did not make the trip to Port St Lucie because of an abdominal strain he suffered on Sunday. Shelton needs to make a good impression this spring so he can't afford to miss too much time. Lakeland correspondent Deran (also known as Yoda on MotownSports) says that Shelton looked fine taking grounders at first today so his injury is likely not serious.