JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers lost, 1-0, to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. But manager Jim Leyland isn’t too concerned with the offense at this point, considering some of his best hitters are playing in the World Baseball Classic. The pitching, on the other hand, was dominant. One day after yielding 12 runs to the Yankees while walking 10, the Tigers’ pitching staff didn’t walk a single batter while surrendering nine hits.
* Nobody pitched better than Rick Porcello, who started the game and tossed three shutout innings. A lot of it was thanks to a great sinking fastball, which got him five groundouts. “Tonight, I think he showed a lot of poise,” Leyland said.
* Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon — who gave up the only run — Freddy Dolsi and Clay Rapada combined to pitch six innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits while striking out seven.
* The Tigers struck out 11 times, however. “We just have to do a better job of putting the ball in play and making people handle it a little more,” Leyland said. “[Sunday] it was too many walks, and too many times tonight we swung and missed or didn’t swing.”
* Adam Everett had the only multi-hit game for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot. That’s a good sign for Detroit’s shortstop, who had injuries plague his previous two seasons and was 2-for-16 going in.
* Here are some pregame thoughts from Leyland on the World Baseball Classic: “I think it’s
doing a lot for like Venezuela, the Dominican and those places. How much it’s
really doing for the United States, I’m not sure. I think it’s really good for [people in other countries]. They’re really
into it. I mean, they’re taking it like it’s the Caribbean World Series or
World Series, which is great.”
– Alden Gonzalez