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Detroit at Pittsburgh

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    Detroit «7
    Pittsburgh2

    Tigers 7, Pirates 2

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    BRADENTON, FLA. (AP) - Tigers manager Jim Leyland saw that Doug Fister's pitches were high in the zone. He knew something was wrong.

    Fister left his start in the fifth inning of Detroit's 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday because of soreness in his right middle finger.

    "He was getting the ball up more than normal," said Detroit manager about what tipped him off that something was wrong with Fister. "I learned a long time ago that there is no such thing as a minor injury."

    Fister was scheduled to throw 75 pitches but was lifted after striking out four in 4 1-3 innings. He is day to day.

    Detroit catcher Gerald Laird said he saw something was bugging Fister after the right-hander threw a sinker to Yamaico Navarro in the fifth inning.

    "After one pitch I noticed it and I wanted to make sure we got it taken care of," Laird said. "You don't want to mess with something like that. It's a part of spring training."

    Up until that point, Fister's only blemish came when Pittsburgh's Matt Hague extended his torrid spring by cracking a two-run home run in the second. Hague entered with a .448 batting average.

    Speedy outfielder Quintin Berry, acquired in the offseason, capped a six-run ninth with a grand slam.

    "All I know is he can fly," Leyland said. "He looked good. He's got a good swing."

    Audy Ciriaco and Omir Santos had RBI singles in the ninth.

    Clete Thomas hit a solo homer off Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan in the top of the fifth.

    Pirates starter Charlie Morton threw four scoreless innings in his third spring start.

    He allowed two hits, while striking out two. Morton was pleased with his outing.

    "I think I actually gave up more hard-hit balls this game than I did the last one, but I feel like I threw the ball pretty well," Morton said.

    Morton, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, said he estimates he's a game behind Pittsburgh's other starters.

    "I'm hoping I can pick that up at the end of spring training, and get my pitch count up," said Morton, who threw 55 pitches in four innings.

    Morton was acquired from Atlanta in 2009 as part of the Nate McLouth trade. He allowed the fewest number of home runs by major league pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched last season.

    On Friday, Morton said he liked the action he had on his two-seam fastball.

    "I'm starting to figure out where my arm needs to be," he said. "My finish, my intent with my arm and all those things. And trusting it again, and all that stuff."

    NOTES: Leyland said third baseman Miguel Cabrera looks and feels good, but is shut down from any baseball related activities for a week, and will be re-evaluated next week. . Friday's game was the sixth sellout crowd of the spring at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. A total of 6,552 people turned out to watch the Tigers and Pirates.

     
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    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Andy Dirks, CF3010010 .406
       a- Quintin Berry, PH-CF2124000 .391
    Brennan Boesch, RF3010001 .220
        Tony Plagman, PR-RF2000001 .000
    Jhonny Peralta, SS3000011 .242
        Danny Worth, SS2000001 .292
    Ryan Raburn, 2B3000002 .414
        Argenis Diaz, 2B1110000 .308
    Delmon Young, LF3000012 .436
        Chad Wright, LF1000001 .000
    Don Kelly, 1B4110010 .382
    Clete Thomas, DH2111010 .250
       b- Ramon Santiago, PH-DH1110100 .333
    Brandon Inge, 3B3000001 .200
        Audy Ciriaco, 3B1111000 .313
    Gerald Laird, C3010000 .250
        Omir Santos, C1111000 .286
    Totals38711715  
    a-singled for Dirks in the 8th
    b-singled for Thomas in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Quintin Berry (1, D. McCutchen), Clete Thomas (2, Hanrahan)
    RBI - Quintin Berry 4 (7), Clete Thomas (7), Audy Ciriaco (3), Omir Santos (3)
    SB - Quintin Berry (2, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/McKenry)
    CS - Tony Plagman (1, 2nd base by Leroux/Barajas)
    Team LOB - 5
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Doug Fister 4.1422041 2.03
    Brayan Villarreal 1.2100100 0.00
    Jose Valverde 1200010 2.57
    Luis Marte (W,2-0) 2100030 0.00
    HBP - McGehee (by Doug Fister)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 5-3, Brayan Villarreal 1-4
    Batters Faced - Doug Fister 17, Brayan Villarreal 7, Jose Valverde 5, Luis Marte 7
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jose Tabata, RF4030010 .286
        Anthony Norman, CF0000000 .000
    Nate McLouth, LF4010004 .370
    Andrew McCutchen, CF3010002 .406
        Josh Harrison, SS1000010 .524
    Neil Walker, 2B3000012 .258
        Jordy Mercer, 2B1000000 .238
    Casey McGehee, 3B2100010 .258
        Nick Evans, 1B1000000 .091
    Matt Hague, 1B3112000 .438
        Jeremy Farrell, 3B1010000 .500
    Rod Barajas, C3000000 .269
        Michael McKenry, C1000001 .188
    Clint Barmes, SS3000020 .333
        Willy Garcia, RF1000011 .000
       a- Yamaico Navarro, PH0000100 .306
       b- Jake Fox, PH1010000 .318
        Wesley Freeman, LF1000011 .000
    Totals3428218  
    a-walked for Hanrahan in the 5th
    b-singled for Igarashi in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Matt Hague (4, Fister)
    RBI - Matt Hague 2 (9)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Barajas-Walker
    E - Casey McGehee (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Charlie Morton 4200020 5.00
    Joel Hanrahan (H,3) 1111011 3.00
    Chris Leroux (H,3) 1100010 10.13
    Ryota Igarashi (H,3) 1100010 5.63
    Daniel McCutchen (BS,1; L,0-1) 2666101 9.45
    WP - Daniel McCutchen (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 6-5, Joel Hanrahan 1-1, Ryota Igarashi 2-0, Daniel McCutchen 4-2
    Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 15, Joel Hanrahan 4, Chris Leroux 3, Ryota Igarashi 4, Daniel McCutchen 13
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6552
    Game Time - 2:35
    Temperature - 85
    Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Chad Whitson