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Detroit (11-8) «2403000009110
N.Y. Mets (6-8)010000000162

Tigers 9, Mets 1

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Dillon Gee couldn't pinpoint the reason for his lack of command.

One thing he's certain about, it's not related to his health.

The Mets right-hander couldn't find the plate Wednesday, giving up six runs while walking four, hitting two batters and throwing three wild pitches in New York's 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

"I don't even want to think about it," Gee said. "All (my pitches) were terrible."

Gee had shoulder surgery to repair a damaged artery in July, but he had been solid his first three outings, giving up just two earned runs in nine innings going into Thursday.

Gee loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks and a hit batter. He then walked in a run and forced in another one by plunking Matt Tuiasosopo.

Tuiasosopo made him pay the next inning, hitting a two-run homer over the left field wall with Miguel Cabrera on base. Cabrera had reached base with a two-run single.

Gee said he felt good all week and was pleased with his last bullpen session.

When asked what he learned from the outing, Gee said, "How not to pitch."

"I don't know what happened," Gee said. "It reminded me of 2011, my first loss to the A's. I couldn't throw a strike, walked four or five guys. Some days I don't know what happens. I just literally cannot throw the baseball anywhere I want it to go. I don't know what happens, but we'll figure it out."

Mets manager Terry Collins said the outing was "very uncharacteristic" of Gee.

"I asked (pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) if he was trying to work on something in particular, and he just said he's having a real tough time finding his release point," Collins said. "It's an easy fix.

There's no injury issues or anything else. I've watched this guy pitch for four years, and I've never seen that, so I'm not too concerned about it."

Tigers starter Doug Fister, meanwhile, enjoyed his best outing of the spring after giving up a combined nine runs in seven innings spread over four previous appearances. He allowed just one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings Thursday.

Anthony Recker drove in the Mets' only run on a single to right in the second inning.

"Overall, I was pleased," Fister said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement. My sinker was all over the place today, so it's definitely been one of my focuses, getting it contained. I'm still working on it. I felt better with everything else today. I felt the curveball and changeup were coming along, and I'm figuring out some things with my cutter.

"I felt like I threw some good (sinkers) during the day but I just didn't have quite the command I wanted to for the most part."

Tigers finished with 11 hits.

Cabrera and Tuiasosopo both went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, combining for five RBIs. It was Cabrera's first spring training game since leaving to play with Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He homered in one at-bat for the Tigers in an exhibition against Florida Southern on Wednesday.

Tuiasosopo, in camp on a minor league deal, originally wasn't scheduled to start the game but replaced Prince Fielder, who was scratched because of a flat tire on the way to the game. Manager Jim Leyland said he has been impressed with Tuiasosopo.

"He started off slow, but he's picked it up and done pretty well,"

Leyland said. "He's slung the ball pretty good recently, and he's a versatile guy. He can also play the outfield, play first and third, and he's a right-handed bat, so he's kind of an interesting guy."

NOTES: Mets ace Johan Santana rested Thursday but will assess whether he is ready to throw a bullpen session this weekend. He hasn't been on a mound in more than a week, and the Mets are letting him dictate his schedule. . Collins said Daniel Murphy (oblique strain) remains on track to play in a minor league game this weekend.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

Z. Lutz
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

M. Tuiasosopo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Quintin Berry, CF5110002 .188
    Tyler Collins, PR-RF0000000 .400
Andy Dirks, LF2200210 .290
    Jeff Kobernus, LF-CF1000011 .256
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4222001 .320
    Kevin Russo, 3B1010000 .346
Victor Martinez, DH4220101 .229
Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B4223021 .259
Alex Avila, C2002101 .267
    Bryan Holaday, C1000000 .200
Avisail Garcia, RF-CF3001011 .212
   a- Nick Castellanos, PH-LF1000000 .381
Omar Infante, 2B4021003 .278
    Hernan Perez, 2B1000011 .333
Danny Worth, SS4010003 .333
   b- Argenis Diaz, PH-SS1000001 .273
Totals38911946  
a-grounded out for Garcia in the 9th
b-flied out for Worth in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Tuiasosopo (4, Edgin)
HR - Matt Tuiasosopo (1, Gee)
SF - Alex Avila (3)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (10), Matt Tuiasosopo 3 (5), Alex Avila 2 (8), Avisail Garcia (3), Omar Infante (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Tuiasosopo 2 (2), Alex Avila (2), Avisail Garcia (1), Omar Infante (3)
SB - Andy Dirks (3, 2nd base off Gee/Recker), Omar Infante (1, 2nd base off Hawkins/Recker)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Worth-Tuiasosopo
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (W,1-2) 4311240 8.18
Casey Crosby (H,2) 2200110 1.29
Phil Coke (H,4) 1000000 3.86
Darin Downs (H,3) 1100220 1.00
Bruce Rondon 1000010 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 30-22, Casey Crosby 14-10, Phil Coke 3-3, Darin Downs 16-8, Bruce Rondon 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 4-3, Casey Crosby 3-2, Bruce Rondon 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 16, Casey Crosby 9, Phil Coke 3, Darin Downs 6, Bruce Rondon 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, LF3010001 .367
    Jamie Hoffmann, LF-RF2000000 .167
Justin Turner, 2B3000001 .259
    Wilmer Flores, 2B1000000 .143
Ike Davis, 1B3000001 .357
    Josh Satin, 1B0000100 .625
Marlon Byrd, DH1000101 .357
    Andrew Brown, PR-DH2010000 .154
Mike Baxter, RF1100111 .125
   a- Brandon Hicks, PH-3B1000112 .120
Zach Lutz, 3B-LF3020111 .333
Anthony Recker, C2011011 .533
    Landon Powell, C2000025 .222
Matt den Dekker, CF2010012 .233
   b- Collin Cowgill, PH-CF2000000 .355
Ruben Tejada, SS3000002 .136
    Brian Bixler, SS1000010 .348
Totals3216158  
a-walked for Baxter in the 6th
b-fouled out for den Dekker in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Anthony Recker (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Bixler-Flores-Satin
E - Brian Bixler (5, Misplayed grounder), Zach Lutz (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (L,0-1) 2366401 7.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1100000 0.00
Josh Edgin 1.2432010 4.70
Greg Burke 1.1100020 4.70
Pedro Feliciano 1100010 0.00
Scott Rice 1100010 3.86
Robert Carson 1000010 5.63
HBP - Tuiasosopo (by Dillon Gee), Garcia (by Dillon Gee)
WP - Dillon Gee 3 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 32-10, LaTroy Hawkins 5-4, Josh Edgin 12-12, Greg Burke 9-9, Pedro Feliciano 6-6, Scott Rice 5-5, Robert Carson 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 1-5, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Josh Edgin 1-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Scott Rice 1-0, Robert Carson 1-2
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 15, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Josh Edgin 10, Greg Burke 5, Pedro Feliciano 4, Scott Rice 3, Robert Carson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6634
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Sean Barber