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New York at Detroit

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N.Y. Mets (3-6)000100100251
Detroit (8-6) «00100011x350

Tigers 3, Mets 2

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Max Scherzer did enough to earn an early exit.

Scherzer struck out six in 2 2-3 hitless innings Friday and the Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Mets 3-2.

Scherzer walked three in his second spring start. He was pulled after retiring the first two batters in the third inning, with manager Jim Leyland keeping an eye on the pitch count.

"We got him up around 50, but there was no sense pushing anything," Leyland said. "We're watching those guys pretty close. He threw fine. He was just missing when he missed. ... He's not razor-sharp by any means, but he threw the ball pretty well."

Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed one hit in four innings. He gave up one run.

Gee said he was pleased with his overall progress, save his three walks. The right-hander missed the second half of last season after a blood clot was discovered in his throwing shoulder.

"Obviously, I never want to walk that many guys, but I feel like I'm really close. I felt pretty good today. I can just tell I'm real close to clicking," he said.

Tigers minor leaguer Tyler Collins hit a solo home run to break a tie in the eighth. The 22-year-old outfielder, who hasn't played above Class A, leads the team with 10 hits this spring.

Jordany Valdespin, who hit eight home runs in 191 at-bats as a rookie last year, gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the seventh with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right.

Valdespin is tied for the team lead in home runs (2) and is second with 14 total bases.

Leyland was pleased with reliever Bruce Rondon's outing, his first without a walk in five appearances this spring.

Rondon, a candidate for the Tigers' closer job, hit 100 mph on his fastball and gave up two hits. He also struck out two in a scoreless eighth, earning the win.

"Home crowd, he probably wanted to get that triple digit on the scoreboard," Leyland said. "The people behind me oohed and aahed when he hit 100. He did fine."

NOTES: Detroit's first run came on an RBI double by Matt Tuiasosopo, who hasn't been in the majors since Seattle in 2010 and entered the game hitting .063 (1 for 16) in spring. He added a single in the fifth. ... The Mets scored in the fourth on a bloop single by third baseman Zach Lutz, filling in while David Wright participates in the World Baseball Classic. ... Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen had his own control issues, hitting three batters in 2 1-3 innings. Mets C Travis d'Arnaud took one to his right elbow, which he had iced after the game. He said he would be fine. ... Tigers SS Ramon Santiago, limited by a calf injury for the past month, made his spring debut. He started and batted leadoff, popping out in the first and drawing a walk in the third. He left after four innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

T. Collins
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

J. Valdespin
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS3000023 .143
    Wilfredo Tovar, SS2000000 .231
Jordany Valdespin, LF4111000 .333
    Jamie Hoffmann, LF1000000 .125
Collin Cowgill, CF1000200 .429
   a- Matt den Dekker, PH-CF1000100 .250
Mike Baxter, RF3100032 .105
    Juan Lagares, RF1000001 .182
Travis d'Arnaud, C1000111 .400
    Landon Powell, C1010000 .250
Zach Lutz, 3B3011023 .294
    Wilmer Flores, 3B1000011 .091
Andrew Brown, DH3000022 .143
   b- Cesar Puello, PH-DH1000011 .143
Brandon Hicks, 1B2010110 .118
    Josh Satin, 1B1010000 .625
Brian Bixler, 2B2000012 .286
    Reese Havens, 2B1000002 .111
Totals32252514  
a-flied out for Cowgill in the 7th
b-struck out for Brown in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jordany Valdespin (2, Ortega)
RBI - Jordany Valdespin (4), Zach Lutz (4)
SB - Collin Cowgill (3, 2nd base off Putkonen/B. Pena), Mike Baxter (1, 2nd base off Putkonen/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Baxter 1
DP - Hicks-Tejada, Tovar-Havens-Satin
E - Wilfredo Tovar (3, Missed catch of throw)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 4111310 1.29
LaTroy Hawkins 1200010 0.00
Bobby Parnell 1000000 0.00
Josh Edgin (BS,1) 1110200 3.00
Cory Mazzoni (L,1-1) 1111021 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 25-13, LaTroy Hawkins 7-7, Bobby Parnell 3-3, Josh Edgin 12-4, Cory Mazzoni 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-3, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Bobby Parnell 1-2, Josh Edgin 2-1
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 14, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Bobby Parnell 3, Josh Edgin 6, Cory Mazzoni 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ramon Santiago, SS1000100 .000
    Dixon Machado, SS2000004 .333
Torii Hunter, RF2000001 .240
    Tyler Collins, RF2111000 .417
Victor Martinez, DH4000020 .250
Brennan Boesch, LF2000100 .167
    Daniel Fields, CF1000010 .000
Andy Dirks, CF2000001 .263
    Avisail Garcia, CF-LF2110000 .269
Brayan Pena, C2000000 .143
    Ramon Cabrera, C0000100 .100
Don Kelly, 3B1110100 .278
    Kevin Russo, 3B1000001 .350
Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B2021100 .167
Hernan Perez, 2B3000012 .333
Totals2735254  
Batting
2B - Matt Tuiasosopo (2, Gee)
HR - Tyler Collins (1, Mazzoni)
RBI - Tyler Collins (4), Matt Tuiasosopo (2)
Team LOB - 5
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer 2.2000360 0.00
Luke Putkonen 2.1211140 7.04
Phil Coke 1000010 0.00
Jose Ortega 1111011 3.60
Bruce Rondon (W,1-1) 1200020 5.79
Jose Alvarez (S,3) 1000100 1.80
HBP - Baxter (by Luke Putkonen), Bixler (by Luke Putkonen), d'Arnaud (by Luke Putkonen)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 32-20, Luke Putkonen 26-17, Phil Coke 5-5, Jose Ortega 8-7, Bruce Rondon 9-9, Jose Alvarez 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 1-1, Luke Putkonen 2-1, Jose Ortega 1-1, Jose Alvarez 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 11, Luke Putkonen 13, Phil Coke 3, Jose Ortega 4, Bruce Rondon 5, Jose Alvarez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7498
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jeff Gosney, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Mark Wegner