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Atlanta at Detroit

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    Detroit «7

    Tigers 7, Braves 2

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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Justin Verlander hardly needed to win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards to boost his confidence.

    "I am the same as I've always been," he said. "I have never been shy on confidence no matter what. I need my confidence and that's part of my ability to pitch."

    Verlander allowed two runs and four hits in five innings Tuesday, making his fourth exhibition start as the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2.

    Verlander laughed when asked if expectations would be higher this year, coming off a season when he won the AL pitching triple crown by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 269 strikeouts. He said there's no difference between the current Verlander and the pitcher who went 11-17 in 2008.

    "I am the same as I've always been," Verlander said after allowing two runs in five innings as the Detroit Tigers topped the Atlanta Braves, 7-2. "I have never been shy on confidence no matter what. I need my confidence and that's part of my ability to pitch."

    Verlander struggled at times against the Braves, walking two and striking out four. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he had no problem with Verlander pitching out of a jam for the first time this year.

    "It gears up his intensity," Leyland said. "I don't like to see anyone put runners on base, but there's no problem."

    After the Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the third, Verlander gave up a two-run single to Eric Hinske, then struck out Matt Diaz to end the inning.

    "I was just trying to get my work in," Verlander said. "It was just time to take it to the next level and that's the first time this spring I have had to do that."

    Ryan Raburn hit his sixth home run of spring training for Detroit. Before the game, the Tigers announced star third baseman Miguel Cabrera will miss at least a week with a broken bone below his right eye. He was hit by a bad-hop grounder the previous day.

    Delmon Young hit his fourth homer and drove in three runs. Prince Fielder added two hits.

    Braves starter Jair Jurrjens gave up seven runs - six earned - and eight hits in five innings. Bothered by the right knee injury that sidelined him last September, Jurrjens has a 10.13 ERA.

    "I felt good," Jurrjens said. "They got some cheap hits in and there's nothing you can do about it. I felt good and I am happy with my control."

    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wasn't jumping to conclusions about Jurrjens' struggles.

    "We got five innings out of him," Gonzalez said. "He left a couple over the plate and they went out of the park. He's got two more starts."

    Both starters struggled with the mound, and Jurrjens slipped in the fifth inning - causing Braves trainers to come out.

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched one inning in his sixth straight scoreless appearance.

    NOTES: Prince Fielder had two hits and an RBI, boosting his batting average to .375. Young had two hits and three RBIs and is hitting .485. .... The Braves sent RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Todd Redmond, and LHP Luis Avilan to Triple-A Gwinnett. They assigned LHP Sean Gilmartin, and OF Stefan Gartrell to their minor league camp. ... Former Braves reliever Gene Garber arrived in camp to work as a special instructor. ... The Tigers reassigned C Bryan Holaday, IF/OF Eric Patterson, OF Jerad Head and OF Matt Young to their minor league camp. ... RHP Rick Porcello will start in a minor league game in Lakeland on Wednesday. ... RHP Jacob Turner remains at least a week away from throwing due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.

     
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    Atlanta Braves
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF4110010 .250
        Luis Durango, CF0000000 .526
    Martin Prado, 3B2000210 .357
        Joe Terdoslavich, PR-3B0000000 .250
    Chipper Jones, DH3000003 .200
       a- Ernesto Mejia, PH-DH1000001 .133
    Eric Hinske, 1B4012000 .176
    Jason Heyward, RF4000011 .200
    Matt Diaz, LF3010012 .216
        Jordan Parraz, LF1010000 .417
    David Ross, C2000110 .190
        Jose Yepez, C1000001 .375
    Drew Sutton, 2B3010002 .333
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS3110001 .140
    Totals3126235  
    a-grounded into a double play for Jones in the 8th
    Batting
    RBI - Eric Hinske 2 (4)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    E - Michael Bourn (1, Misplayed grounder), Jair Jurrjens (1, Throwing)
    Atlanta Braves
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jair Jurrjens (L,0-2) 5876222 10.13
    Craig Kimbrel 1000020 0.00
    Cristhian Martinez 2000010 0.90
    WP - Jair Jurrjens 2 (3)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 40-29, Craig Kimbrel 7-7, Cristhian Martinez 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 4-9, Cristhian Martinez 3-2
    Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Craig Kimbrel 3, Cristhian Martinez 6
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3110000 .250
        Daniel Fields, CF1000010 .333
    Brennan Boesch, RF3110011 .222
        Jason Krizan, RF1000000 .000
    Andy Dirks, LF1101110 .414
       a- Jeff Kunkel, PH1000000 .000
        Quintin Berry, LF0000000 .350
    Prince Fielder, 1B3021000 .375
        Ryan Strieby, PR-1B1100000 .250
    Delmon Young, DH3123000 .485
       b- Corey Jones, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Alex Avila, C2110102 .269
        Gerald Laird, C1000010 .238
    Jhonny Peralta, SS3000004 .296
        Argenis Diaz, SS1000000 .250
    Ryan Raburn, 2B2112000 .462
        Brandon Inge, 2B1000010 .200
    Danny Worth, 3B3000000 .333
        Brandon Loy, 3B0000000 .000
    Totals3178725  
    a-grounded out for Dirks in the 7th
    b-grounded out for Young in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Delmon Young (4, Jurrjens), Ryan Raburn (6, Jurrjens)
    SF - Andy Dirks (1)
    RBI - Andy Dirks (6), Prince Fielder (6), Delmon Young 3 (18), Ryan Raburn 2 (18)
    2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young 2 (10), Ryan Raburn 2 (5)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    DP - Inge-Diaz-Strieby, Diaz-Inge-Strieby
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Justin Verlander (W,1-0) 5422240 1.84
    Phil Coke (H,3) 1000010 2.25
    Brayan Villarreal (H,2) 1100000 0.00
    Luis Marte (H,3) 1000100 0.00
    Chris Bootcheck 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 35-27, Phil Coke 5-5, Brayan Villarreal 3-3, Luis Marte 6-2, Chris Bootcheck 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 6-5, Brayan Villarreal 2-0, Luis Marte 2-0, Chris Bootcheck 1-2
    Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 21, Phil Coke 3, Brayan Villarreal 3, Luis Marte 3, Chris Bootcheck 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7802
    Game Time - 2:34
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mark Wegner