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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Drew Smyly could finally relax on the mound Monday. Then again, he hasn't looked nervous all spring.

    Smyly started fast and then faded in his first outing since winning a job in Detroit's rotation, but the Tigers got home runs from Prince Fielder and Delmon Young in an 11-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Smyly has only one year of professional experience and has never pitched above Double-A, but he beat out Andy Oliver and Duane Below for the final spot in the Tigers' rotation. The 22-year-old lefty, handed a 9-0 lead after two innings Monday, carried a shutout into the fifth before giving up four runs - including a homer by Omar Vizquel.

    A second-round draft pick in 2010 out of Arkansas, Smyly was charged with four runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

    Smyly ended the spring with a 4.00 ERA, but manager Jim Leyland said there was something about the youngster that earned him a spot on the team.

    "Doesn't show much emotion," Leyland said. "He's always pretty calm, so I don't think the pressure is ever going to get to him. It's the first time he wasn't pitching for a spot and I like him a lot. He earned a spot."

    Smyly has been quiet and calm throughout camp. Oliver and Below both have big league experience, but Leyland said he has no concerns about Smyly.

    "He's got a great delivery and can throw any of his pitches for strikes," Leyland said. "He showed today how calm he is when he is in a situation."

    Brett Cecil was ineffective for the Blue Jays. He gave up nine runs, seven earned, and 11 hits in four innings, increasing his spring training ERA to 6.48.

    "There's concern," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "There will certainly be discussion and evaluation and internal talks that will take place today and tomorrow. You'd like to see guys kind of on the incline going into the start of the season rather than the reverse."

    Cecil, who went 4-11 with a 4.73 ERA last season, is a likely candidate for a spot in the Toronto rotation, but Farrell's patience may be wearing thin.

    "He has got to start pitching to location," Farrell said. "Against a team like (Detroit), he can't pitch like that."

    Fielder and Young both homered off Cecil. It was Fielder's fourth of the spring and Young's sixth. Brennan Boesch and Young each had three hits for Detroit.

    Marcus Knecht also homered for Toronto.

    NOTES: The Blue Jays will hold a workout in Cleveland on Wednesday before Thursday's season opener. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez will start Tuesday's spring finale against the Tigers in Dunedin. RHP Max Scherzer will pitch for Detroit. ... Tigers C Gerald Laird is expected to be fine after spraining his left knee Friday in a collision with INF Don Kelly. ... Detroit INF Brandon Inge is still day to day with a strained left groin. He is the subject of trade speculation and Leyland said there would be news on Tuesday. ... Ramon Santiago started at second base for the Tigers with Ryan Raburn at DH. Leyland hinted that Monday's lineup could easily be the opening-day lineup pending any transactions. ... The Tigers entered Monday's game with a home attendance of 128,887, a team record for spring training.

     
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    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rajai Davis, CF1001100 .279
        Jonathan Jones, LF21220001.000
    Omar Vizquel, SS3112011 .417
       a- Shane Opitz, PH-SS2001001 .000
    Ben Francisco, RF3010000 .200
        Michael Crouse, RF1010100 .167
    Adam Lind, 1B3000011 .275
        Jonathan Talley, 1B2000022 .000
    Eric Thames, LF2000010 .339
        Jacob Marisnick, CF2000021 .182
    Jeff Mathis, C2100100 .150
        Sean Ochinko, C1000001 .000
    Luis Valbuena, 2B3000002 .163
        Ryan Schimpf, 2B0100100 .000
    Marcus Knecht, DH3221010 .500
       b- Dalton Pompey, PH-DH1000011 .000
    Kevin Ahrens, 3B3111010 .333
       c- Kevin Nolan, PH11100001.000
    Totals35898410  
    a-flied out for Vizquel in the 7th
    b-struck out for Knecht in the 9th
    c-singled for Ahrens in the 9th
    Batting
    3B - Jonathan Jones (1, Balester)
    HR - Omar Vizquel (1, Smyly), Marcus Knecht (1, Dotel)
    SF - Rajai Davis (1)
    RBI - Rajai Davis (2), Jonathan Jones 2 (2), Omar Vizquel 2 (5), Shane Opitz (1), Marcus Knecht (1), Kevin Ahrens (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (4)
    SB - Michael Crouse (1, 3rd base off Balester/Laird)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Valbuena-Vizquel-Lind
    E - Luis Perez (1, Throwing), Luis Valbuena (1, Dropped fly)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brett Cecil (L,3-1) 41197112 6.48
    Luis Perez 2100000 0.59
    Daniel Barnes 1100120 0.00
    Dustin Antolin 1322010 18.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 33-27, Luis Perez 8-7, Daniel Barnes 13-8, Dustin Antolin 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 7-4, Luis Perez 3-3, Daniel Barnes 1-0
    Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 24, Luis Perez 7, Daniel Barnes 5, Dustin Antolin 6
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF4121011 .284
        Clete Thomas, CF1000000 .213
    Brennan Boesch, RF4232001 .290
        Tyler Collins, RF1110000 .500
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B4110004 .395
        Danny Worth, 3B1110000 .308
    Prince Fielder, 1B4213001 .281
        Don Kelly, 1B1000010 .315
    Delmon Young, LF4132000 .383
        Andy Dirks, PR-LF1012000 .423
    Ryan Raburn, DH4000103 .264
    Jhonny Peralta, SS4000012 .279
        Dixon Machado, SS0000000 .417
    Alex Avila, C3120000 .255
        Gerald Laird, C0000100 .250
    Ramon Santiago, 2B4110013 .261
        David Gonzalez, 2B0000000 .000
    Totals4011161024  
    Batting
    2B - Austin Jackson (3, Cecil), Brennan Boesch (3, Cecil), Delmon Young (6, Cecil)
    HR - Prince Fielder (4, Cecil), Delmon Young (6, Cecil)
    RBI - Austin Jackson (7), Brennan Boesch 2 (17), Prince Fielder 3 (11), Delmon Young 2 (21), Andy Dirks 2 (11)
    2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (11), Andy Dirks 2 (8)
    SB - Tyler Collins (1, 3rd base off Antolin/Ochinko), Danny Worth (2, 2nd base off Antolin/Ochinko), Andy Dirks (3, 2nd base off Barnes/Ochinko)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Santiago-Peralta-Fielder
    E - Miguel Cabrera (2, Throwing), Gerald Laird (2, Throwing), Dixon Machado (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Drew Smyly (W,1-0) 5.1444241 4.00
    Phil Coke (H,5) 0.2000010 3.68
    Octavio Dotel (H,6) 1211011 1.64
    Collin Balester (H,2) 1.2333230 2.63
    Daniel Schlereth (S,1) 0.1000010 1.54
    Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 37-28, Phil Coke 4-4, Octavio Dotel 8-7, Collin Balester 23-14, Daniel Schlereth 4-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 5-7, Phil Coke 1-0, Collin Balester 1-1
    Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 22, Phil Coke 2, Octavio Dotel 5, Collin Balester 10, Daniel Schlereth 1
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9476
    Game Time - 2:46
    Temperature - 72
    Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Mark Lollo