Jays 13, Tigers 8 in Dunedin Finale

By on April 3, 2012

Henderson Alvarez notched his third win of the spring even though giving up 8 hits in 4 innings. (Eddie Michels photo)

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Final games of the spring are not supposed to take three plus hours but Tuesday’s Toronto Blue Jays 13-8 win over the Detroit Tigers did just that at three hours five minutes.
Henderson Alvarez for the win with four a bit shaky innings while Kyle Drabek got the save with five innings without a three up three down. In fact neither team managed a three up three down frame.
Alvarez allowed three runs on eight hits while walking one on 68-pitches, 45=strikes.
Taking the loss for the Tigers was starter Max Scherzer who went 4 1/3 innings allowing nine runs, seven earned on 10-hits while walking four and striking out four on 99-pitches, 58-strikes.
Scherzer is the Tigers third starter.
Drabek allowed five runs, three earned over his five innings on five hits while walking three and striking out five.
The ball also flew out of Grant Field on Tuesday as the Tigers Danny Worth and Miguel Cabrera had homers while Kevin Ahrens, Eric Thames and Robbie Schimpf homered for the Jays. Schimpf’s was a grand slam
Toronto works out on Wednesday in Cleveland prior to their season opener their on

Kyle Drabek was the only other Jays' arm used, picked up a save for pitching 5 innings. Max Scherzer the Tigers starter (below) took the L. (Eddie Michels photo)

Thursday.
In closing this spring a good time was had by all in the third inning when Tigers 1B Prince Fielder put on a show of his running speed.
First off he stole second and if that was not enough he then two batters later tried to score from second on a single to average left field. He was running on the pitch but was out at the plate by a goodly margin. Strange eh!

TRANSACTIONS: Toronto optioned LHP Brett Cecil to Double-A New Hampshire (Eastern), LHP Aaron Laffy was returned to minor league camp and RHP Joel Carreno has been recalled to Toronto.

BLUE JAYS NOTES: “As we stated all along we were going to make every evaluation available to us,” said manager John Farrell speaking of player moves including Brett Cecil’s demotion, “Not only just in spring training but at the body of work a year ago. After yesterday’s outing it became increasingly clear that Brett needs a few more starts to gain consistent command as required to compete against line ups that he is going to face at the major league level.” As to the other demotion Farrell said, “We felt like Aaron Laffey showed well in spring training we look to get a little more power out of that spot in terms of overall stuff in that spot in the rotation.” …Cecil met with the media prior to Tuesday’s game and was very calm with the situation. “Given the way my last two starts have gone it’s no surprise,” said Cecil, “I appreciate it very much they gave me a choice to go to New Hampshire than Las Vegas. It’s mor5e of a true environment pitching and you get true results when you are there.” As to being closer to his home (Dunkirk, Md.) Cecil said, “It makes it easier for the wife to fly up, it’s not such a long flight but the main

(Eddie Michels photo)

thing I am concerned with is that I am able to pitch in that environment.”

Lefty Brett Cecil speaks with the media Tuesday regarding his assignment (Eddie Michels photo)

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