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    Detroit «9
    N.Y. Mets2

    Tigers 9, Mets 2


    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey needed two stitches in his right heel after being spiked Sunday in a 9-2 loss to a split squad of Detroit Tigers.

    Dickey was covering first base when Corey Jones stepped on him in the third inning. Dickey stayed in the game and left after the fourth, allowing one run and three hits.

    Prince Fielder hit a long home run, his third of the spring for the Tigers.

    While most of his teammates struggled with Dickey's knuckleball, Fielder connected his second time up. He sent a drive deep to right field, where it landed on the canopy of the pavilion behind the berm and bounced into a marsh.

    "Dickey has a really good knuckleball," Fielder said. "For me, his knuckleball is not the normal one. It's faster, so I try to look at it more as a cutter because if you wait too long it cuts in or sinks away."

    "I just try not to let it beat me too much. I definitely want to hit it more out front," he said.

    James McCann hit a grand slam during a seven-run burst in the sixth.

    Ike Davis and Lucas Duda singled for the Mets' only hits.

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    Detroit Tigers
    Andy Dirks, LF4020001 .412
        Tyler Gibson, PR-LF1100011 .000
    Clete Thomas, RF5010011 .217
        Luis Castillo, RF0000000 .000
    Ramon Santiago, 2B2000000 .262
        Dixon Machado, SS3120000 .417
    Prince Fielder, 1B2211100 .283
        Wade Gaynor, 1B2010003 .500
    Don Kelly, 3B4113010 .321
        Edgar Corcino, 3B1000001 .000
    Danny Worth, SS-2B3110113 .289
        David Gonzalez, 2B0000000 .000
    Daniel Fields, CF3101122 .250
    James McCann, C4134001 .556
        Luis Sanz, C0000000 .000
    Corey Jones, DH4110002 .333
    HR - Prince Fielder (3, Dickey), James McCann (2, Rauch)
    RBI - Prince Fielder (8), Don Kelly 3 (6), Daniel Fields (2), James McCann 4 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (1), Don Kelly 2 (5), Daniel Fields (1), James McCann 4 (5)
    PK - Andy Dirks (1, Dickey)
    Team LOB - 5
    E - Ramon Santiago 2 (3, Dropped line drive)
    Detroit Tigers
    Thad Weber (W,1-0) 5122221 2.57
    Daniel Schlereth (H,5) 1100110 1.59
    Bruce Rondon (H,1) 1000010 6.75
    Matt Crouse (H,1) 1000100 0.00
    Victor Larez 1000110 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Thad Weber 30-21, Daniel Schlereth 10-6, Bruce Rondon 5-5, Matt Crouse 8-3, Victor Larez 9-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Thad Weber 9-5, Daniel Schlereth 2-0, Bruce Rondon 1-1, Matt Crouse 1-2
    Batters Faced - Thad Weber 19, Daniel Schlereth 5, Bruce Rondon 3, Matt Crouse 4, Victor Larez 4
    New York Mets
    Ruben Tejada, DH3000100 .250
    Daniel Murphy, 2B3000112 .305
        Luis Nieves, 2B0000000 .000
    David Wright, 3B3100102 .143
        Vinny Rottino, 3B0000000 .302
    Ike Davis, 1B4112001 .208
        Mike Baxter, 1B0000000 .286
    Jason Bay, LF3000121 .195
    Lucas Duda, RF3010000 .314
        Cory Vaughn, PR-RF1000001 .250
    Scott Hairston, CF4000023 .071
    Mike Nickeas, C3000102 .219
    Ronny Cedeno, SS3000002 .238
        Daniel Muno, SS0000000 .000
    HR - Ike Davis (2, Weber)
    RBI - Ike Davis 2 (8)
    Team LOB - 6
    DP - Davis-Cedeno-Dickey, Herrera-Murphy-Davis
    PB - Mike Nickeas (1)
    New York Mets
    R.A. Dickey 4311031 3.63
    Danny Herrera (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.2455200 5.59
    Jon Rauch 0.2433101 7.94
    Josh Edgin 1.2100030 0.00
    Erik Turgeon 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 22-22, Danny Herrera 16-8, Jon Rauch 12-8, Josh Edgin 12-12, Erik Turgeon 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 3-5, Danny Herrera 1-3, Josh Edgin 2-0, Erik Turgeon 1-2
    Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 14, Danny Herrera 10, Jon Rauch 7, Josh Edgin 6, Erik Turgeon 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5836
    Game Time - 2:39
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Shaun Francis, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Chris Conroy