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Monday postgame notes, etc.

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

Leyland: Opponents have game plan vs. Verlander

Justin Verlander escaped his opening inning without allowing a run, but he needed 24 pitches to do it. He gave up three runs in the third, but his efficiency made Leyland happier than that inning than the opening one.

When Leyland talks about wanting quick innings, it isn’t difficult to surmise that Verlander is one of the targets. His high pitch counts and very high average pitches per inning last seaso nbecame something opponents pounced on, and Leyland sees the same approach coming into this year, including from the Yankees tonight.

“Particularly with a guy like Verlander,” Leyland said, “you can see that teams are going to try to make him pitch, to get his pitch count up. So strike one, it’s critical to every pitcher, but particularly to him, to get ahead. If he does that, with the stuff he’s got, then he ought to be able to go to work and get a lot of outs, and I think he will.

“But you can see what the plan is. You combat that plan by throwing strike one and throwing strike two. That takes that game plan away. Everybody knows he’s got good stuff, and they’re going to try to work him and get his pitch count up by the fifth inning.”

Leyland took out Verlander at exactly 50 pitches, 29 of them strikes, with two outs in the third. Though he gave up hits in the third, Leyland liked the efficiency. His mistake pitch, Leyland said, was a hanging breaking ball to Johnny Damon for an RBI double.

Other notes:

  • Add Bobby Seay to the list of Tigers with minor injuries. He left tonight’s outing with a tight right quadriceps. His next turn to pitch, if he’s fine, would come during the two-game trip to Jupiter early next week.
  • One more note on Joel Zumaya: Unlike Jeremy Bonderman, who started his progression back by playing catch the last couple days, Zumaya supposedly can go right back onto the mound in a couple days once the dye in his shoulder passes. That’s according to Leyland.
  • Clete Thomas might be ready to return to the outfield sooner than originally planned. He’s currently throwing long toss at 150 feet, with the next step stretching him out to 180 feet. That could put him on track to beat the projected timetable of March 23 for when he’d be ready for outfield work. The sooner he can come back, the better his chances could be for making this team.

Arbitration — four down, one to go

seay.jpgAnother busy day for Tigers legal counsel John Westhoff, who was able to settle on one-year deals with all but one of the remaining arbitration cases. Gerald Laird gets a reported $2.8 million, Edwin Jackson a reported $2.2 million, Bobby Seay $1.3 million and Joel Zumaya $735,000.

That leaves Justin Verlander, whose agent exchanged figures with the team today and have a significant gap to cross before they can settle. Verlander asked for $4.15 million, while the Tigers submitted a figure of $3.2 million. In case you haven’t heard this already, the Tigers have not had an arbitration case to go to a hearing under Dave Dombrowski.