Tigers' bullpen stellar in opener

Tigers' bullpen stellar in opener

TIGERS 4, METS 2
at Lakeland, Fla.
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Mets at the plate: Back-to-back singles and a walk in the opening inning set up Ramon Castro's sacrifice fly to score Angel Pagan. Anderson Machado tripled in Michael Abreu an inning later.

Tigers at the plate: Magglio Ordonez's infield single leading off the second inning was Detroit's only hit through the first six innings, until Mike Hessman tripled off the center-field fence with one out in the seventh. Marcus Thames doubled him in, then Wilkin Ramirez's two-run single put the Tigers ahead. Brandon Inge, who replaced Curtis Granderson in center field, had an RBI single and a walk.

Mets on the mound: Mike Pelfrey began his case for a spot in the Mets' rotation by tossing two scoreless innings with one hit and a strikeout. Matt Wise, Brian Stokes, Pedro Feliciano and Jorge Sosa followed with a scoreless inning apiece. All four runs came off of Willie Collazo.

Tigers on the mound: Jeremy Bonderman, pitching without his breaking ball to focus on his other pitches early, allowed two runs on four hits in two innings. Jason Grilli and Zach Miner each pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 0-1, Tigers 1-0.

Up next: The Mets are closer to their Spring Training home, but still on the road Thursday when they visit the Cardinals in Jupiter for a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Roger Dean Stadium. John Maine is slated to start for New York, followed by Duaner Sanchez, Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith, Ruddy Lugo, Steven Register and Juan Padilla. Anthony Reyes is the scheduled starter for St. Louis.

The Tigers stay home Thursday to host the Blue Jays in a 1:05 p.m. matchup at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nate Robertson is the scheduled starter, followed by Aquilino Lopez, Armando Galarraga, Jeff Gerbe, Matt Mantei and Bobby Seay. Jesse Litsch and Gustavo Chacin are among the pitchers slated to throw for Toronto.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.