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Detroit at Houston

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    Astros 14, Tigers 7


    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is examining his options for a fifth starter, and he appears to be in no hurry to make a decision.

    "I'm not a performance guy," he said. "I'm watching everybody, like all the coaches are and Dave (general manager Dave Dombrowski) is. We'll try to put our heads together and try to decide which guy makes the most sense for us."

    One of the candidates had a rough day on Tuesday, with Andy Oliver pitching three rocky innings in a 14-7 victory over the Houston Astros.

    The fifth-starter competition is down to lefties Oliver, Drew Smyly and Duane Below. The 22-year-old Smyly, who has yet to pitch above the Double-A level, is scheduled for his second spring start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Below is down for Friday's start against the Baltimore Orioles.

    "We're running `em out there as fairly and as often as we possibly can, and at some point we have to make a decision," said Leyland, who has mentioned another reason for not settling on a fifth starter.

    "I'm leaving that one open because I don't know what my GM is going to do," he said. "My GM has a tendency to surprise you. When they call you up and tell you they signed Prince Fielder, that's a pretty big surprise."

    Brian Bogusevic and Brian Bixler each hit a two-run homer for Houston. Jason Castro and Jose Altuve each had two hits and scored twice.

    Austin Jackson hit an inside-the-park home run and Brennan Boesch also connected for Detroit, which jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

    Wandy Rodriguez, Houston's likely opening-day starter, allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.

    "I wanted to go longer into the game and I did that today," said Rodriguez, who threw 90 pitches. "I tried to throw everything, used a lot of changeups."

    The left-hander said he is "not 100 percent ready" for the April 6 opener against Colorado, but he will get one more spring start.

    "He was frustrated with himself when they jumped out in front of us for a five-run lead," manager Brad Mills said. "He wasn't happy with himself, but he saw the guys get back in the game and then Wandy was able to pitch very well."

    The race for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation became more clear when left-hander Zach Duke was released on Tuesday. Right-handers Kyle Weiland, Jordan Lyles and Lucas Harrell are still in the competition. Harrell will get his first spring start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

    NOTES: Astros CF Jordan Schafer went to Atlanta for a medical evaluation of his injured wrist. He will not play for several days. ... Tigers OF Delmon Young, who left Monday's game with a sore knee, probably will return Thursday. ... Ryan Raburn, now settled as the Tigers' second baseman, will play left field this season "in some scenarios," Leyland said.

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    Detroit Tigers
    Austin Jackson, CF2112100 .286
        Daniel Fields, CF2021000 .375
    Brennan Boesch, RF3111001 .269
        Tyler Collins, RF2000013 .333
    Jhonny Peralta, DH3000011 .273
       a- Andy Dirks, PH-DH0001100 .395
    Prince Fielder, 1B3010020 .289
        Jordan Lennerton, 1B2000014 .000
    Ryan Raburn, LF3000001 .325
        Chad Wright, LF1000010 .000
    Alex Avila, C2110010 .250
       b- Gerald Laird, PH-C2010000 .267
    Brandon Inge, 2B2110100 .174
        Brent Dlugach, PR-2B1100011 .000
    Ramon Santiago, SS2000000 .294
       c- Brandon Loy, PH-SS1000001 .000
    Danny Worth, 3B4222012 .313
    a-walked for Peralta in the 7th
    b-grounded out for Avila in the 6th
    c-hit by pitch for Santiago in the 7th
    2B - Danny Worth (5, Rodriguez)
    HR - Austin Jackson (2, Rodriguez), Brennan Boesch (5, Rodriguez)
    SF - Andy Dirks (2)
    RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (6), Daniel Fields (1), Brennan Boesch (12), Andy Dirks (7), Danny Worth 2 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (4), Danny Worth 2 (2)
    SB - Austin Jackson (3, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Castro)
    Team LOB - 6
    E - Alex Avila (1, Missed catch of throw)
    Detroit Tigers
    Andrew Oliver (L,1-2) 3776230 5.17
    Luis Marte 1222021 1.69
    Thad Weber 2000220 0.00
    Austin Wood 1244300 36.00
    Michael Morrison 1211001 9.00
    WP - Michael Morrison (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Oliver 31-22, Luis Marte 14-11, Thad Weber 18-10, Austin Wood 17-5, Michael Morrison 11-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Oliver 3-3, Luis Marte 1-0, Thad Weber 3-1, Austin Wood 2-1, Michael Morrison 1-2
    Batters Faced - Andrew Oliver 18, Luis Marte 5, Thad Weber 8, Austin Wood 8, Michael Morrison 5
    Houston Astros
    J.B. Shuck, CF3011000 .286
        Travis Buck, RF0100100 .345
    Jed Lowrie, SS4112012 .324
        Angel Sanchez, SS1111000 .412
    Brian Bogusevic, RF-CF3322200 .211
    Carlos Lee, 1B4110013 .324
        Brett Wallace, 1B1000003 .275
    Chris Johnson, 3B4011011 .318
        Scott Moore, 3B0001000 .182
    Chris Snyder, DH3000112 .267
       a- Brian Bixler, PH-DH1112000 .240
    Matt Downs, LF3100122 .176
       b- Jake Goebbert, PH-LF1010000 .333
    Jason Castro, C4222011 .303
        Landon Powell, C1000001 .133
    Jose Altuve, 2B2220200 .297
        Joe Thurston, PR-2B0100000 .250
    a-homered for Snyder in the 8th
    b-singled for Downs in the 8th
    2B - Brian Bogusevic (2, Oliver), Carlos Lee (6, Oliver), Jason Castro (2, Oliver), Jose Altuve (2, Wood)
    HR - Brian Bogusevic (1, Marte), Brian Bixler (3, Morrison)
    SF - Scott Moore (1)
    SH - J.B. Shuck (1)
    RBI - J.B. Shuck (6), Jed Lowrie 2 (7), Angel Sanchez (4), Brian Bogusevic 2 (2), Chris Johnson (8), Scott Moore (7), Brian Bixler 2 (7), Jason Castro 2 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - J.B. Shuck (2), Brian Bixler 2 (3), Jason Castro 2 (4)
    SB - Chris Johnson (1, 2nd base off Oliver/Avila), Jose Altuve (2, 2nd base off Oliver/Avila)
    Team LOB - 6
    DP - Altuve-Lee
    Houston Astros
    Wandy Rodriguez (W,2-2) 6655142 7.88
    Rhiner Cruz (H,2) 0.2111220 8.53
    Fernando Abad (H,4) 0.1000010 2.70
    Brandon Lyon (H,3) 1100020 2.25
    Wilton Lopez 1211000 1.80
    HBP - Loy (by Rhiner Cruz)
    Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 42-35, Rhiner Cruz 16-7, Fernando Abad 3-3, Brandon Lyon 8-8, Wilton Lopez 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 7-6, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Wilton Lopez 2-1
    Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 24, Rhiner Cruz 6, Fernando Abad 1, Brandon Lyon 4, Wilton Lopez 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3990
    Game Time - 3:02
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - UMP Nonindividual, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Lance Barksdale