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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

Checkin' in from Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Beck is going to be off a for couple of days, and I, Alden Gonzalez, will be your tour guide while the Tigers face the Marlins and Cardinals on Monday and Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s 4 p.m. ET now, and I see Detroit’s bus just pulled in. Manager Jim Leyland is expected to give a more definite timetable today on when Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will pitch next — I’ll update you on that as I get it.

Notable names traveling with the team today: Brandon Lyon, Adam Everett, Placido Polanco and Timo Perez. 
On to the lineups:
Everett, SS
Polanco, 2B
Clete Thomas, DH
Mike Hessman, 3B
Ryan Raburn, RF
Jeff Larish, 1B
Brent Clevlen, CF
Timo Perez, LF
Dusty Ryan, C
Starter: Rick Porcello
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Cameron Maybin, CF
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Dallas McPherson, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, RF
Jay Gibbons, DH
Robert Andino, SS
Brett Hayes, C
Starter: Josh Johnson
— Alden Gonzalez

Notes from Brandon Lyon conference call

Just got off of a conference call with Brandon Lyon, his first remarks since signing with the Tigers. It’s clear the chance to close played a big role in his decision. He also said he heard good things about playing and living in Detroit from guys who had done it before, including former teammate Casey Fossum.

“After talking with him about all the places, it made me really really excited after I agreed to terms to come to Detroit,” he said. “It just reassured me it’s going to be a great place to go. I haven’t been to a different place in five years.”

An interesting remark was his view of what happened for him over the second half of last season. He said he had some trouble adjusting to the schedule of a closer, where he could work three straight days or could go a while without getting into a game.

“First half obviously went real well, starting out throwing real good, throwing quite a bit,” Lyon said. “I think the situation got to the point where I haven’t been in this role before. I just felt like I didn’t get enough work [at times] and I didn’t know how to prepare myself when I wasn’t working all the time. I think I’ve learned from that. There were times I wasn’t pitching for 7-8 days at all.”

His day-by-day breakdown backs him up on that. There were two stretches where he pitched three days in a row, and three of four others where he pitched three times in four days. But he also had some long stretches without work — a week between outings in early May, another in late May, another at the end of May and into June, two four-day stretches in June, then similar stretches in late July and August.

He also said that he got away from mixing in all his pitches later in the year and became too much of a two-pitch reliever with his fastball and curve, rather than adding his changeup and slider.

“I stuck to a conventional two-pitch pitcher,” he said. “When I started getting out of that and started using all my pitches is when I started being more successful at the end of the year.”

Tigers, Lyon agree to one-year deal

Brandon Lyon and the Tigers have reached an agreement on a one-year contract, according to an industry source. Lyon has taken and passed his physical. An announcement is expected at TigerFest Saturday morning, right around the time it opens to the public at 11am.