Friday, February 29, 2008

Verlander, Granderson, Porcello lead Tigers over Jays

The Tigers remained undefeated for the spring by topping the Blue Jays 3-1 today. Justin Verlander started and pitched two shutout innings. Jim Leyland also announced today that Verlander would be the opening day starting pitcher which, of course is hardly shocking news.

Rick Porcello made his debut as a Tiger and it was a good one. He pitched two perfect innings and did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield. There were four ground outs, an infield pop up and a strikeout of Frank Thomas. Nate Robertson pitched two innings and allowed the only Blue Jay run.

Curtis Granderson hit his second homer of the spring off of left-hander Scott Downs to lead off the third inning. It's only the first week of spring training but Grandy hitting a homer off a pretty good lefty has to be viewed as a positive. Ryan Raburn, who is battling for a spot on the bench , went three for three.

The Tigers will face their division rival Indians both tomorrow and Sunday. Tomorrow, Dontrelle Willis will face C.C. Sabathia.

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