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Realish, live, Tigers baseball today. It’s the annual spring training kickoff against Florida Southern. The game is 1:05pm. Todd Jones gets the start, and most of the regulars will be playing for only an inning or two. There’s no broadcast, but there is a live box score at the Florida Southern site.

Miguel Cabrera homers against Florida Southern

POSTGAME: Well, the offense seems to work. The above photo was taken by Deran of Lakeland Flying Tigers Blog (click the picture for more from today’s game) and it is Miguel Cabrera smacking a missile to center field. The ball hit off the top of the batter’s eye which is located beyond a fence that is 420 feet from home plate.

It was the second homer of the inning following a two run Placido Polanco shot. The Tigers offense rolled up 17 runs including a solo homer from the beleaguered Brandon Inge. Mike Hollimon, my choice for utility infielder I’ll have you know, hit a 3 run jack of his own, to go with a double. In all the Tigers had 5 dingers with Scott Sizemore adding one to his two walks.

Jeff Larish had two hits and two walks while Freddy Guzman had a 3 for 4 day with a triple.

Jordan Tata was charged with all 4 runs in 1 2/3 innings and he didn’t help his cause with 3 walks.

Yes, the Tigers are projected to have one of the best teams in the majors while Florida Southern is a college. The Tigers were supposed to win big. I’m just happy to have a post game report to do, and I’m happy that the good guys did what they were supposed to.

Detroit 17 Florida Southern 4


  1. Deryl G

    February 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I see Colin Kaline is playing against us in this one.

  2. Dave BW

    February 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Cabrera has hit his first home run as a Tiger. Sort of.

  3. Dave BW

    February 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Tata seems overmatched

  4. Adam

    February 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Homers by Polanco, Cabrera, Inge and Sizemore…..and Hollimon. How small is this field?

  5. Andrew

    February 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Is my memory off or back in the dark days not too many years past didn’t Southern Florida or some other college team beat the Tigers?

    Glad to see we pounded the ball as expected. 😀

  6. tom

    February 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Can’t really tell on one at-bat, but I wonder if Inge’s swing change is going to make a difference for him. And if so, wonder why he didn’t do it (or have a coach recommend doing it) last year, when it might have mattered for him.

  7. ChicagoJoe

    February 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Cabrera home run went 470 ft

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  9. Chris in Dallas

    February 26, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Well this just cements it – they’re going to go 162-0 and Cabrera will hit 508 HR. Glad we’ve cleared that up.

  10. Mark in Chicago

    February 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    They gave up 4 runs?? Somehow, I bet Grilli is to blame here…..

    Just joking. Nice to have actual baseball (sort of) back.

  11. Vince in MN

    February 26, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    It’s for real now – Spring is on the way!

  12. Jim

    February 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Gettin closer guys!

  13. Adam

    February 26, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    In other news, the New York Mets couldn’t hold down the Michigan Wolverines…

    They tied, 4-4.

  14. Eric Cioe

    February 27, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Like the All Star Game a few years back, huh?

  15. Anne

    February 27, 2008 at 2:43 am

    For lo, the winter is past…
    and the voice of the turtle is heard in the land.

    And it’s about doggone time, too.