All in all, not the most exciting affair. Plenty of offense, a little sloppiness and a Bubbie Buzachero appearance. That’s about all you can ask for. Brett Cecil looks pretty far behind and Rzep made a few mistakes. Dopirak and Ruiz looked well today and Hoffpauir cemented the fact that he is a defensive liability. For the Tigers, Jacob Turner impressed as did the speed of Gustavo Nunez.
3:59 Dopirak strikes out to end the game. Tigers win 10-7.
3:58 Dopirak is the Jays’ last hope.
3:57 Ruiz follows suit with a ground out. 2 out.
3:56 Reed flies out to LF for the first out of the inning.
3:55 Jeremy Reed leads off the 9th inning.
3:55 It is Josh Rainwater, of course!
3:53 Diaz mercifully grounds out to 1B. We go to the top of the 9th. Who will close it out for the Tigers?
3:52 That’s a double for Dlugach. Robinson Diaz at bat.
3:51 Dlugach clears the bases and the Tigers take a 10-7 lead.
3:50 Castro walks. Dlugach up. Base hit puts the Tigers ahead.
3:49 Ball 1 to Kory Castro.
3:48 Cito, not looking too impressed, comes out to talk to Bubbie. Chat lasts about a second and a half. Bubbie stays in.
3:47 RBI single for Jeff Larish as he lines it off Bubbie’s backside. Tie game, 7-7.
3:47 Bubbie tries to nibble and walks Boesch. Jeff Larish up.
3:46 Buzachero’s fastball topping out at 87mph.
3:45 Buzachero pounds the zone with junk and gets Wilken Ramirez to fly out.
3:43 Bubbie Buzachero sighting! On now in relief of Brett Cecil.
3:41 Bruce Walton comes out to change pitchers.
3:40 Ciriaco hits it to the warning track but Aguila is there to track it down. 1 out.
3:37 Nunez has crazy speed and is on with an infield hit.
3:36 3 straight balls from Cecil to Nunez.
3:35 Gustavo Nunez at bat. Brett Cecil still in the game for the T-Dot.
3;33 Just got hassled. Back now and the Tigers just got out of it. Bottom of the 8th we go.
3:31 Pastornicky flies out to LF after what seemed like a 30 pitch at bat. 1 out.
3:29 Aaron Matthews is also subbed in for Travis Snider now.
3:28 The previous hitter was JP Arencibia, with the base hit.
3:27 Looks like Pastornicky is up now.
3:26 Enrique Gonzalez back at it again. A leadoff base hit for the “Toronto Player” as we are treated to another pointless interview with Alex Avila.
3:23 The Tigers’ hitter grounds out to end the inning, whoever he was. These Tigers announcers are kinda sorta bad. Not as bad as you know who but I would like to know who is up to bat, who is being substituted etc. etc.
3:22 Looks like the relief pitcher Gonzalez was Enrique, if anyone cares.
3:21 Diaz (who?) gets an infield base hit for the Tigers. Runners on 1B & 2B, 2 out.
3:20 Cecil strikes out Brent Dlugach on what looks to be a slider. 2 out.
3:18 Cecil is all over the place as Castro works a walk.
3:17 Kory Castro at bat for the Tigers.
3:16 Cecil strikes out Jeff Larish swinging for the first out.
3:16 7-6 now for the Blue Jays.
3:15 It looks like he crushed a Cecil changeup and swung with only one hand!
3:14 Correction: Brennan, not Brendan. And Boesch takes Cecil YARD!
3:13 Cecil still in for the Jays. Brendan Boesch leads off for the Tigers.
3:12 We are heading into the bottom of the 7th with the Jays up on the Tigers 7-5.[youtube ygUyVyjjiyU]
3:11 Aguila flies out. Stretch time!
3:10 Gonzalez in to pitch for the Tigers against Chris Aguila. His first name? Yo no se.
3:07 Pitching change! Woohoo!
3:07 Sorry I have a coworker bugging me. It would be nice if she would leave me alone so I would know whats going on. Travis Snider just walked.
3:05 Something happened. Not sure what. Ruiz scored and it is 7-5.
3:03 Brad Thomas pitching around Randy Ruiz. 3-0.
3:00 Emaus flies out to Casper Wells 2 out, 1 more until the 7th inning stretch.
2:59 Andy Ciriaco in at 3B, Dlugach at 2B for the Tigers. Hoffpauir flies out to Larish at 1B. 1 out.
2:58 Hoffpauir leads off for the Jays.
2:56 Cecil gets Wilken (?) Ramirez to strike out to end the inning.
2:54 Sizemore gets one in his wheelhouse and strokes the fastball for a double.
2:53 How useful is this outing for Cecil when all the Tiger hitters know what is coming and are just waiting on the fastball in the zone?
2:52 Tie game: 5-5.
2:51 The calamity of errors continues with a throwing error from Brett Cecil to 1B.
2:49 Ugh. Classic Spring Training play. One of the Tigers hitters – who knows, Damon is still running his mouth – hit a double down the line. Casper Wells tried to score but was out by a mile. However Molina flubbed the throw and he is safe.
2:48 Doesn’t look like Cecil will attempt any curves yet. All gas so far.
2:47 Check that – not Mills but Cecil.
2:46 Same play, only this time Hoffpauir with a throwing error. 9235th of the Spring.
2:45 Pointless interview with Johnny Damon. Whoever was up for the Tigers grounded out to Hoffpauir. A lefty pitching for the Jays – looks like Mills.
2:42 Pastornicky flies out and we head to the home half of the 6th. 5-3 Blue Jays.
2:41 Here come the subs for the Tigers: Ramirez for Damon, Boesch for Ordonez, Larish for Cabrera.
2:39 Molina hits a high chopper to SS and is unable to cash in Aguila. 2 out.
2:38 Jose Molina at bat. Infield in for the Tigers.
2:37 Aguila slides in to 3B with a wind blown triple off the RF wall.
2:36 Travis Snider grounds out to SS but shows some surprising wheels in the process.
2:36 5-3 for the Blue Jays.
2:35 Dopirak goes oppo with a HR!
2:35 Thomas is a lefty, so Snider should be in deep.
2:34 Ruiz with a lead off double – of course!
2:34 Brad Thomas now pitching for the Tigers.
2:32 Ruiz, Dopirak, Snider should get the call unless they are pinch-hit for.
2:31 Cabrera grounds out to Emaus. Inning over, top of the 6th we go!
2:30 Magglio grounds into the 4-6-3 double play. 2 down.
2:28 Damon works a walk from Janssen, who is a little wild early on.
2:27 Casey Janssen in for the Blue Jays to face Johnny Damon.
2:26 By the way, Brent Dlugach is playing 3B right now for the Tigers and he bobbled the Emaus grounder.
2:25 Jeremy Reed lines out to SS to end the threat. Home half of the 5th coming up.
2:23 The hit-and-run is on, Emaus grounds out to 3B, Hoffpauir advances to 2B.
2:22 3-0 to Emaus.
2:21 Turner all over the place now, Avila comes out to settle him down.
2:21 Turner loses Hoffpauir on an inside fastball for the BB.
2:19 Pastornicky flies out to RF for the first out of the inning.
2:17 Jacob Turner still in the game.
2:16 In theory, Pastornicky, Hoffpauir and Emaus are due up in the top of the 5th.
2:15 Sizemore steps into one but it dies at the track and into Aguila’s glove in CF. Inning over, Rzep works out of the jam.
2:14 Gustavo Nunez strikes out looking on a Rzepczynski breaking ball on the outside corner. 2 out.
2:11 Casper Wells hits one just beyond the reach of Travis Snider. It rolls to the wall, Avila is held up at 3B.
2:10 Alex Avila, base hit to CF.
2:09 Inge pops up to Emaus. 1 out.
2:08 Inge leads off and Rzep still in for the Blue Jays.
2:06 Molina strikes out looking at a very nice bender from Turner. He looked good but the Jays helped him look good – he won’t get away with throwing 93mph straight fastballs at the big league level.
2:03 Snider strikes out – of course! Aguila follows up with a fly out for the 2nd out of the inning.
2:03 Snider can’t catch up to a 93mph follow up fastball.
2:02 Turner is advertised as a fireballer. First pitch is a 91mph fastball to Snider.
2:01 Hot shot prospect Jacob Turner now pitching for the Tigers.
1:59 Guillen flies out to end the inning. We’re off to the top of the 4th. Snider, Aguila, Molina due up for the Jays but.. you never know.
1:57 Rzep flashes his nasty slider and fools Carlos Guillen on it for strike 1.
1:56 Cabrera strokes a 2-out double to the gap.
1:55 Maggs grounds out to Hoffpauir at 3B who makes a strong throw to 1B. 2 out with Miguel Cabrera up.
1:53 Looks like Damon got out, somehow. Maggs is up. Leyland still waggling his tongue.
1:52 Interview with whiskey-voiced Leyland. Bla bla bla bla.
1:50 Dopirak goes down on strikes yet again to end the inning. He’s not looking like the golden child that he was last season.
1:49 Wild pitch by Galarraga. Emaus scores. Tie game!
1:47 Ruiz down on strikes. 2 out with Brian Dopirak at bat.
1:45 Jays swinging early and often. Reed lines one off the 1B glove, is out at 1B on the force but Emaus to 2B. Ruiz at bat.
1:44 Emaus with a 2-run base hit to RF. 3-2 now for the Tigers.
1:43 Hoffpauir follows that up with a double down the line. Pastornicky to 3B.
1:42 Galarraga is obviously no McGowan. Pastornicky rips a bullet up the middle for a base hit.
1:41 Pastornicky, Hoffpauir, Emaus due up for the Blue Jays.
1:40 No matter, Sizemore strikes out swinging.
1:39 Sizemore battles back to a full count after being down 0-2.
1:37 Gustavo Nunez flies out to CF. 2 out.
1:35 Rzep throwing what look to be strikes, not all of them being called that way. Casper Wells hits a base hit to LF.
1:34 Avila grounds out on the first pitch from Rzep. Groundballs!!
1:33 Avila, Wells, Nunez due up for the Tigers in the bottom of the 2nd.
1:32 Molina hits a flare and that’s all for the Jays this inning. You’ll have to wait with baited breath for Pastornicky next inning…
1:31 Jose Molina at bat. Taylor Pastornicky – who was dominated by Dustin McGowan in his simulated game – is on deck.
1:30 Aguila flies out to shallow RF and Ruiz holds at 3B. 2 out.
1:27 Chris Aguila at bat. Who?
1:27 Base hit for Snider to RF, Ruiz advances to 3B. 2 on, 1 out.
1:25 Dopirak goes down swinging feebly.
1:23 Base hit to RF for Ruiz.
1:23 Randy Ruiz leads off for the Jays
1:20 Inge flies out to end the inning. Rzep fooling no one. Well, except Ordoñez.
1:18 First pitch swinging is a HR for Miguel Cabrera. Score that as a 2 run shot. 3-0 for the Tigers.
1:17 Rzep flashes a plus breaking ball but gets squeezed on the call (it is Spring Training for umps too!) Next pitch strikes out Ordoñez. 1 out. Cabrera up.
1:15 Damon is walked.
1:15 3-1 to Damon.
1:13 Just as I say that… next pitch is left up and Sizemore crushes it for a HR.
1:13 First pitch from Rzep is perfect – a strike low and away. He will be successful if he can live there.
1:12 Sizemore, Damon, Ordoñes to lead off for the Tigers.
1:10pm Galaragga’s PFP has paid off as he gets Jeremy Reed on a short chopper. 1-2-3 inning for Armando.
1:09pm Emaus follows suit with a flyout to Casper Wells in CF.
1:08pm Hoffpauir flies out weakly for out #1.
1:06 Jarrett Hoffpauir leads off and takes ball 1.
1:04pm For full lineups, hit up MLBastian.
1:02pm Starting for the Jays is Mark Rzep and for the Tigers it is Armando Galarraga.
1:01pm It’s a go!
12:50pm As long as we’re not blacked out, we’ll be liveblogging the game in 10 minutes.