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Detroit at Tampa Bay

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Detroit (3-3) «10011201511150
Tampa Bay (5-2)000200000281

Tigers 11, Rays 2

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Jim Leyland doesn't know if Nick Castellanos will make his Opening Day roster. Castellanos may not have enough experience in left field, but the Detroit Tigers manager has no doubts about one thing.

"He's got a great swing, I'll tell you that much," Leyland said.

That swing was on display again Thursday as Castellanos had three hits in an 11-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Castellanos, considered Detroit's top prospect by many observers, is 6 for 9 this spring, giving Leyland reason to consider the youngster - despite the young slugger spending most of his time at Double-A last year.

"He's obviously making a heck of an impression so far," Leyland said of the former first-round draft pick. "You'd be foolish to say he wasn't."

Castellanos believes offseason work has his timing locked in, but it's another kind of timing that has been just as important.

"I'm really fortunate I'm getting as much playing time but I do understand a lot of big leaguers are injured," said Castellanos, referring to Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry. "I'm just trying to take advantage of the time I have right now."

His chances to make the team are not a calculation Castellanos makes for himself. He knows as the injured players work their way back into the lineup, his opportunities will dwindle.

"Good shot or no shot . I went into a spring training even last year with a mindset that I'm going to make the team," he said. "Even though I went in with no chance, that's not something as a competitor you want to tell yourself."

Leyland understands the fans' excitement at seeing the potential next big thing for the Tigers. But Detroit is a contender with a veteran lineup and another month to evaluate it.

And the Tigers had plenty of other people spraying the ball around. They pounded out 15 hits, including a two-run homer from Austin Jackson, and a single and RBI double from Miguel Cabrera.

"When the curves get a little sharper and the sliders get a little better, who knows what's gonna happen," said Leyland, who got three shutout innings out of starter Anibal Sanchez. "We got this kid down here who is tearing the cover off the ball. That's good stuff. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. "

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has already showed he belongs. Following a season of injury setbacks and an offseason hamstring surgery, the Tampa Bay veteran would like to prove he is healthy and ready to contribute.

He had two hits and his 4 for 5 in his first two spring games.

"I want to do whatever I can do to help us win and whatever I can do to be on the field the next day," said Longoria "I may get a couple of boos here and there for not busting it down the line as hard as I can right now. But if it keeps me on the field, right now that's the biggest thing."

Sam Fuld had a two-run triple for Tampa Bay.

Notes: Matt Moore made his first appearance of the spring on the mound for the Rays. The lefty, entering his second full year with the team, gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. ... Luke Scott played in right field for the first time since 2007, after serving as the Rays primary designated hitter in 2012 while he worked back from right shoulder surgery. He expects to see more time out there now that his shoulder is 100 percent. ... Tigers prospect Dixon Machado entered the game late and went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Machado
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

S. Fuld
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3212110 .231
    Daniel Fields, CF2001001 .000
Don Kelly, 1B2110201 .375
    Kevin Russo, 3B2000012 .500
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4021002 .278
    Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B1000010 .000
Alex Avila, C1000201 .143
    James McCann, C2100000 .000
Jhonny Peralta, SS3111001 .273
    Danny Worth, SS2121000 .200
Tyler Collins, RF2000102 .462
    Avisail Garcia, RF2110001 .167
Omar Infante, 2B3000001 .231
    Argenis Diaz, 2B2121000 .286
Nick Castellanos, LF3131000 .667
    Jeff Kobernus, LF1200101 .200
Curt Casali, DH3000013 .167
   a- Dixon Machado, PH-DH2023000 .600
Totals4011151174  
a-singled for Casali in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (1, R. Hernandez), Danny Worth (1, McGee), Argenis Diaz (1, McGee), Dixon Machado (2, Liberatore)
HR - Austin Jackson (1, Wright)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (2), Daniel Fields (1), Miguel Cabrera (5), Jhonny Peralta (1), Danny Worth (1), Argenis Diaz (1), Nick Castellanos (3), Dixon Machado 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (2), Nick Castellanos (1)
CS - Danny Worth (1, 2nd base by Peralta/Thomas)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 3400010 0.00
Ryan Robowski (BS,1; W,1-1) 1222120 27.00
Luis Marte (H,1) 2000000 0.00
Jose Alvarez (H,1) 1100010 3.86
Trevor Bell (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Darin Downs 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 15-15, Ryan Robowski 13-9, Luis Marte 6-6, Jose Alvarez 6-6, Trevor Bell 3-3, Darin Downs 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 2-6, Luis Marte 4-2, Trevor Bell 3-0, Darin Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 13, Ryan Robowski 6, Luis Marte 6, Jose Alvarez 4, Trevor Bell 3, Darin Downs 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, DH3000011 .143
   a- Chris Gimenez, PH-DH1000001 .286
Kelly Johnson, LF3000010 .250
    Brandon Guyer, LF1000001 .000
Evan Longoria, 3B3020000 .800
    Cole Figueroa, 3B1000000 .500
Luke Scott, RF3010001 .300
    Mark Thomas, C1000000 .167
Yunel Escobar, SS3000012 .222
    Tim Beckham, SS1000000 .250
James Loney, 1B2110000 .333
    Wil Myers, RF2000010 .333
Ryan Roberts, 2B2110100 .500
    Shawn O'Malley, 2B1000000 .167
Jose Lobaton, C2000003 .333
    Leslie Anderson, 1B2020000 .538
Sam Fuld, CF2012001 .222
    Jason Bourgeois, CF2000012 .250
Totals3528215  
a-flied out for Zobrist in the 7th
Batting
2B - James Loney (1, Robowski), Ryan Roberts (2, Sanchez), Leslie Anderson (1, Alvarez)
3B - Sam Fuld (1, Robowski)
RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Loney, Escobar-Roberts-Loney
E - Tim Beckham (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 2.1211210 2.70
Neil Schenk 0.2000100 5.40
Matt Moore (L,0-1) 1.1322210 13.50
Kirby Yates 0.2000100 0.00
Jamey Wright 1322001 9.00
Joel Peralta 1100000 0.00
Cesar Ramos 1211000 3.00
Jake McGee 0.1343010 20.25
Adam Liberatore 0.2111110 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 19-11, Neil Schenk 6-2, Matt Moore 16-8, Kirby Yates 6-2, Jamey Wright 11-8, Joel Peralta 4-3, Cesar Ramos 5-5, Jake McGee 7-7, Adam Liberatore 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 4-1, Matt Moore 1-1, Kirby Yates 1-1, Jamey Wright 2-1, Cesar Ramos 2-1, Jake McGee 1-0, Adam Liberatore 1-0
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 10, Neil Schenk 3, Matt Moore 8, Kirby Yates 3, Jamey Wright 6, Joel Peralta 3, Cesar Ramos 5, Jake McGee 5, Adam Liberatore 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6767
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Travis Carlson, Third Base - David Rackley