PREGAME: The Tigers make their first road trip today and the destination is Dunedin. Justin Verlander will start and be followed by new papa Nate Robertson. Rick Porcello is also scheduled to pitch today.
Tigers position players making the trip include Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Edgar Renteria, Jacque Jones, Marcus Thames, and Brandon Inge. They’ll have the unenviable task of facing Roy Halladay.
Game Time 1:05 and it will be available through MLB audio.
IN GAME: The Tigers struck first when Jacque Jones singled leading off the second and Ryan Raburn followed with a double. A first pitch ground ball from Inge scored the run. Jeff Larish popped out on a jam shot and Raburn was stranded at third.
Verlander allowed only an infield single to Matt Stairs (chew on that for a moment) in his 2 innings of work.
-Granderson homered on a full count pitch against a southpaw leading off the 3rd inning.
Rick Porcello recorded two 1-2-3 innings, and was facing the starters in his first inning. Nice start for the kid.
Francis Beltran pitches into, and out of trouble in the 7th inning.