Tigers set early spring rotation

The Tigers are setting their rotation for their first few Spring Training games next week, with the front-line guys still to come.

Kevin Ziomek, the sixth-ranked Tigers prospect on MLB.com’s board, will start Monday’s exhibition against Florida Southern College. If it works like past springs, he’ll be one of nine pitchers to throw an inning in the annual game.

Matt Boyd, a candidate for the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation after making 10 starts for Detroit down the stretch last year, is slated to start the Grapefruit League opener against the Pirates next Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Mike Pelfrey and Buck Farmer are the starters for Wednesday’s split-squad games against the Pirates in Bradenton and against the Yankees in Tampa. Which starter goes where isn’t final yet. For what it’s worth, the game against the Yankees will be the first game televised back to Detroit, picked up by Fox Sports Detroit and MLB Network. Omar Vizquel will get his chance to manage that game, while Brad Ausmus goes to Bradenton with the other split squad.

Still to be slotted in are Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Shane Greene, among others.


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SP JV, Zimm, Fulmer, Boyd, Norris. Sanchez and Pelfrey won’t last. Wish they will but doesn’t look like it.

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