TIGERS 13, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 at Lakeland, Fla. Tuesday, March 2
Tigers at the plate: Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen hit back-to-back doubles in their only at-bats as part of four straight hits in a two-run first inning. Ryan Strieby replaced Cabrera and padded the lead with a long home run into the wind in left field. Eric Roof doubled in two more runs in a three-run fourth before Casper Wells' three-run homer capped the scoring in the eighth.
Mocs at the plate: Colin Kaline, grandson of Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, singled twice and walked against the team he grew up following as a kid. Wade Kirkland, who won Sunshine State Conference Hitter of the Week, hit a long double off the center-field fence as part of a three-hit, two-double afternoon.
Tigers on the mound: Starter Phil Coke allowed a hit and a walk but struck out three in his two innings of work. Eddie Bonine worked two quick scoreless innings, allowing a single and notching a strikeout. Joel Zumaya loaded the bases in the seventh with a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but racked up back-to-back strikeouts to escape.
Mocs on the mound: Sidearming starter Gus Schlosser gave up two runs in the opening frame, followed by Daniel Tillman holding the Tigers hitless in the second. Jake Guengerich tossed two innings before Brandon Weber pitched a scoreless fifth. Ryan Wolfe and Patrick Szczerba pitched an inning each.
Worth noting: Tigers second baseman Scott Sizemore did not make the start at second base for Detroit as a precaution after an early-morning downpour dampened the field. Sizemore, who's recovering from offseason ankle surgery, is expected to start Wednesday against the Blue Jays. ... Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch left the game after a wind-blown fly ball hit him in the face. He received stitches for a laceration above his eye. ... Mocs batter Tyler Benzel made a lighthearted moment out of a Zumaya fastball he took for a hit-by-pitch. Benzel acted as if home-plate umpire Eric Arens was holding him back from charging the mound, then Zumaya met him down the first-base line to shake his hand and apologize.
Up next: The race for rotation spots on the Tigers' pitching staff begins with three potential starters going against the Blue Jays in Detroit's Grapefruit League opener on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET start in Dunedin, Fla. Jeremy Bonderman will make the start against Toronto, which will send lefty Ricky Romero to the mound. Fellow potential Tigers starters Nate Robertson and Armando Galarraga will pitch in relief, as will bullpen candidates Ryan Perry, Brad Thomas and Daniel Schlereth.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.