Friday: Tigers at Braves (Happy Spring Training)

Gerald Laird played a big role in Rick Porcello’s development as a rookie in 2009, and caught him quite a bit again last year. Today, he gets to hit against the sinkerballer. He’s in the Braves starting lineup today, batting seventh eighth. So unless Porcello retires the side in order twice, he’ll face him.

Laird said during batting practice that he texted Porcello earlier in the week when he saw the pitching assignments. “I told him, ‘Don’t look at me in the batters box,'” Laird said. “You have a job to win.”


  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Avisail Garcia, RF
  9. Nick Castellanos, LF

P: Rick Porcello, Luis Marte, Luke Putkonen, Jose Ortega, Darin Downs, Jose Alvarez, Kenny Faulk.


  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. B.J. Upton, CF
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. Juan Francisco, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Blake DeWitt, DH

P: Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin, Cristhian Martinez


Victor HbP.
Porcello with speed

A mirage but Plutonium looked good (or the batters awful)

Good show by the catchers

and porcello

Yes, and Tyler Collins.

I would think Tyler Collins has a smile he won’t be able to get rid for the rest of this day! Kobernus sounded like he had a good day too. I know he had at least one tough putout today.

Agreed. MLB has Collins as a 22-year old prospect who is a “grinder” and can hit. Sounds like Dirks.

Must have gone close to a few records – 51 total pitches and then 49 of them for strikes.

Don’t believe anything you “read” from!

If you are referring to Collins, I considered “grinder” in the context of describing a player as well as calling him someone who can hit both as as big pluses. I am curious as to your point of reference. Have I missed something?

Wondered how in heck the game still went over two hours.🙂

Raburn went deep for the Tribe today. The Central is improved. KC and Cleveland look like problems.

Wells went deep too.

Wells is 28 and in a fight for a roster spot. If he is cut, maybe Evan’s much earlier suggestion about re-acquiring him would solve the RHB issue in LF and will actually come to fruition. Wells does not hit for average but has some pop and can play the field.

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