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    Tigers 7, Mets 6(10)

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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A combination the Tigers hope to see all season: Miguel Cabrera gets on base; Prince Fielder drives him in.

    The Mets walked Cabrera twice. Fielder drove him in twice, and the Tigers beat New York 7-6 in 10 innings Wednesday.

    Fielder followed the first walk with a two-run homer and the second walk with a single in a four-run fifth inning.

    "He hit behind (Ryan) Braun over in Milwaukee so he'll hit behind Cabrera," manager Jim Leyland said of Fielder. "We've got petty good protection behind him in Delmon Young; he knocked in 100 runs the year before last (112 in 2010)."

    Fielder went 3 for 3 Wednesday and Young had two hits, including a two-run single after Fielder's final hit.

    Young sees the logic in the 3-4 set up.

    "You can move Miggy (Cabrera) into the 3-hole and he has more at-bats per game and you can't pitch around him," Young said. "Victor (Martinez) did a great job hitting behind Miggy, but now you walk Miggy and you have a guy who has hit 50 home runs in his career coming up behind him."

    Fielder's second spring homer came off Mets starter Dillon Gee in the fourth. Gee struck out five in four innings, and his walk to Cabrera was the only one he gave up on a day in which 19 walks were issued.

    Detroit starter Max Scherzer did not get through the Mets' four-run third inning. After giving up a hit and two walks and then hitting Zach Lutz with a pitch, Scherzer had reached his 65 pitch limit and was replaced by Casey Crosby.

    Quintin Berry drove in the winning run after Mets pitcher Jack Egbert walked two of the first three hitters he faced in the 10th inning.

    Tiger left-hander Daniel Schlereth, who walked one of the seven Mets he faced in two hitless innings, earned the win. A lefty specialist, Schlereth worked two hitless innings, and was excited for a chance to see batters from both sides of the plate.

    "For my role, (Leyland) likes to use me against left-handers, so the more often I face right-handed hitters, the more comfortable he's going to be during the season," Schlereth said. "When there's a left-right-left combination coming up, hopefully he'll show confidence in me and leave me out there for that right-handed hitter. I think today was a step in the right direction."

    Jordany Valdespin had two of the Mets' eight hits and stole a base.

    NOTES: Mets third baseman David Wright, who has yet to play in an exhibition game after tearing a muscle in his rib cage, will resume baseball workouts Thursday in Port St. Lucie. ... Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch was scratched from the lineup due to discomfort in his side. Leyland said Boesch will probably play Thursday. ... Rookie right-hander Jacob Turner, a candidate for the Tigers' starting rotation, has been set back by a mild case of shoulder tendinitis. ... AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday in his third

    start of the spring.

     
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    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordany Valdespin, 2B5121101 .350
    Justin Turner, SS3010011 .200
        Omar Quintanilla, PR-SS2000001 .235
    Daniel Murphy, DH2100101 .263
       a- Val Pascucci, PH-DH1000210 .111
    Zach Lutz, 1B1100110 .143
       b- Vinny Rottino, PH-1B^C2000015 .105
    Mike Baxter, LF3111011 .316
        Juan Lagares, LF2000012 .000
    Josh Thole, C2011101 .333
        Mike Nickeas, C1000000 .333
        Josh Satin, 1B1000000 .235
    Adam Loewen, RF2011110 .350
        Cesar Puello, RF1010100 .364
    Wilmer Flores, 3B2111112 .091
        Lucas May, 3B2000022 .313
    Matt den Dekker, CF3100212 .231
    Totals356851111  
    a-walked for Murphy in the 6th
    b-grounded out for Lutz in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Jordany Valdespin (1, Hoffman)
    RBI - Jordany Valdespin (2), Mike Baxter (3), Josh Thole (3), Adam Loewen (2), Wilmer Flores (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Jordany Valdespin (1), Mike Baxter (2), Josh Thole (1), Adam Loewen (1), Wilmer Flores (1)
    SB - Jordany Valdespin (2, 2nd base off Scherzer/Avila), Cesar Puello (1, 2nd base off Schlereth/Holaday)
    CS - Justin Turner (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila)
    Team LOB - 12
    Fielding
    DP - Gee-Turner-Valdespin-Lutz
    E - Wilmer Flores 2 (4, Throwing)
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Dillon Gee 4322151 5.00
    Chuck James (BS,1) 1240300 3.38
    Chris Schwinden 3000110 1.42
    Darin Gorski 1200110 0.00
    Jack Egbert (L,0-1) 0.1111200 27.00
    HBP - Santiago (by Dillon Gee)
    WP - Chuck James (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 31-26, Chuck James 20-7, Chris Schwinden 15-11, Darin Gorski 12-8, Jack Egbert 11-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 3-3, Chuck James 2-2, Chris Schwinden 4-4, Darin Gorski 1-1, Jack Egbert 1-0
    Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 16, Chuck James 9, Chris Schwinden 10, Darin Gorski 6, Jack Egbert 4
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ramon Santiago, SS3000001 .368
    Brandon Inge, 2B5100012 .227
        Argenis Diaz, 2B0000000 .250
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B1200210 .348
        Audy Ciriaco, 3B2010000 .333
    Prince Fielder, 1B3132000 .318
        Jerad Head, PR-1B1100110 .100
    Delmon Young, LF3022000 .450
        Eric Patterson, PR-LF1000113 .313
    Alex Avila, C2000111 .286
        Bryan Holaday, C1000000 .000
    Gerald Laird, DH4000004 .125
       a- Andy Dirks, PH-DH0100100 .400
    Matt Young, RF4000111 .000
    Quintin Berry, CF4121110 .438
    Totals3478587  
    a-walked for Laird in the 10th
    Batting
    HR - Prince Fielder (2, Gee)
    SH - Ramon Santiago (1), Bryan Holaday (2)
    RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (3), Delmon Young 2 (9), Quintin Berry (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young 2 (3)
    SB - Andy Dirks (1, 2nd base off Egbert/Rottino), Quintin Berry (1, 2nd base off James/Nickeas)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Max Scherzer 2.2433240 3.38
    Casey Crosby 2.1211310 4.76
    Matt Hoffman (H,2) 2211220 1.93
    Bruce Rondon (BS,1) 0.1011300 27.00
    Brayan Villarreal 0.2000020 0.00
    Daniel Schlereth (W,1-0) 2000120 1.59
    HBP - Lutz (by Max Scherzer), Turner (by Matt Hoffman)
    WP - Bruce Rondon (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 29-20, Casey Crosby 22-10, Matt Hoffman 21-12, Bruce Rondon 13-1, Brayan Villarreal 6-6, Daniel Schlereth 14-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Crosby 1-4, Matt Hoffman 2-2, Bruce Rondon 1-0, Daniel Schlereth 3-1
    Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 13, Casey Crosby 11, Matt Hoffman 11, Bruce Rondon 4, Brayan Villarreal 2, Daniel Schlereth 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7802
    Game Time - 3:43
    Temperature - 73
    Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Andy Fletcher