Detroit Tigers Tie Again in Spring Training Game
The Detroit Tigers could wear the nickname "Tie-gers" after playing to a 7-7 tie game this afternoon with the New York Mets in Spring Training action in Lakeland, Florida. It is the 3rd straight tie game for the Tigers, who started Grapefruit League actions with six straight wins before losing a game and then battling to a draw in their recent efforts. Bright spots for the Tigers were Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, who each had two hits and drove in Detroit runs. Andy Dirks got into the game late, but drove home the run that tied the game for the Tigers.
Austin Jackson got a base hit and scored a run. More importantly, he didn't strike out today. That's something the Tiger leadoff hitter is working on. Pitcher Andy Oliver threw four shutout innings, and didn't walk anybody. Top prospect Jacob Turner was roughed up again, giving up a grand slam to Lucas Duda. Turner gave up 6 runs in less than two innings work, and had trouble with his command, walking two while giving up 4 hits. The rest of the Detroit hurlers did a good job, Drew Smyly, who started the game, also Oliver, who finished it, and Hoffman and Balester.
Tomorrow, the Tigers will visit the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium for a night game, 6:05 start. Adam Wilk is scheduled to start for the Tigers, Jose Valverde, Luis Marte and Octavio Dotel are also scheduled to see action for Jim Leyland's squad. Former Tiger Edwin Jackson will start for the Nats.