Detroit Tigers Still Perfect in Spring Training Games
Justin Verlander started his first Spring Training game of 2012 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander threw a no-hitter last year against the Jays, but was content with two shutout innings today, allowing just one hit. Unlike yesterday's Tiger homer-fest, today's game was dominated by the pitching and defense, and wasn't decided until long after the starters left the game.
Quintin Berry's two-run triple in the 7th inning put the Tigers ahead of the Blue Jays in what would become a 4-2 Detroit victory. The Tigers are now 3-0 in Grapefruit League action. This stage of Spring Training is more about getting a look at prospects and players that might help out later in the season if one of the Tiger regulars gets hurt. Quintin Berry is signed to a minor league deal after playing in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He's speedy and made a good impression today on Jim Leyland and the large crowd at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Tomorrow the Tigers will travel to Jupiter, Florida to take on the Miami Marlins. Rick Porcello will make his first Spring Training start. Fifth starter candidates Casey Crosby and Andy Oliver will follow Porcello, along with relievers Daniel Schlereth, Jose Ortega and Brayan Villarreal.
The regular season starts in a month, and everybody is buzzing about this year's Tiger team. These guys are going to be fun to watch.