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Detroit Tigers Begin Spring Training Game Action Friday

pines outside of marchant stadium
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The Detroit Tigers begins Spring Training game action on Friday afternoon when they host Florida Southern University at Joker Marchant stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Those following the Tigers are still buzzing about a ball that new Tiger first baseman Prince Fielder hit during batting practice on Wednesday. Detroit News writer Tom Gage estimated that it traveled over 600 feet. That’s a man-sized poke. The ball cleared the pine trees shown in the photo, the fence in front of the trees is nearly 400 feet.

With luck, he’ll be hitting plenty of tape-measure shots in “The D” with plenty of traffic on the bases when they fly out of Comerica Park. Six Hundred feet is the stuff of legends. It’s also just batting practice. In Spring Training. Yes, Tigers fans are ready for some baseball!

Tiger manager Jim Leyland will start most of his regulars for the first Spring Training game against Florida Southern tomorrow.
Here’s the lineup:
Austin Jackson-cf
Brennan Boesch-rf
Miguel Cabrera-3b
Prince Fielder-1b
Delmon Young-lf
Alex Avila-c
Jhonny Peralta-ss
Andy Dirks-dh
Ryan Raburn-2b
Andy Oliver will be the starting pitcher for Detroit. Most of the regulars will play a couple of innings before making way for prospects and bench players.

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