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N.Y. Mets (12-12)011000020492

Tigers 9, Mets 4

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Doug Fister did all he could to keep the ball in the park on a blustery day at Tradition Field.

Fister pitched into the fifth inning and Austin Jackson had two extra-base hits for the Detroit Tigers in a 9-4 victory over a New York Mets split squad Sunday.

Don Kelly hit a two-run homer off Mets reliever Brandon Lyon in a five-run seventh that gave Detroit a 9-2 lead. Jackson had an RBI triple in the inning to go with his run-scoring double in the fourth.

Matt Harvey went five innings for the Mets, allowing four runs - three earned - and five hits. Minor league center fielder Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist trying to make a leaping catch.

Fister, acquired from Seattle in 2011, has been fighting through a tough spring. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings Sunday for his second Grapefruit League win.

With the wind blowing straight out to left field, he struck out four and lowered his ERA from 7.36 to 6.52.

"He's a good big league pitcher. He takes the ball, he throws strikes, he keeps the game going. He keeps the infielders on their toes because he works fast and throws strikes," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He was a terrific find for us, really. That trade has worked out terrific so far. We expect him to continue to be a good pitcher for us."

Lyon's rough outing began with a grounder that Omar Infante legged out for a double. Jackson then hit a wind-blown drive to center, and den Dekker nearly made a terrific catch. He had the ball momentarily but crashed hard at the base of the wall, landing awkwardly on his right wrist as Jackson pulled into third with a triple.

The Mets said X-rays revealed a broken right wrist for den Dekker, who was headed to New York. An upper-level minor leaguer with strong defensive skills, he made a highlight-reel catch earlier in the game.

"He nicked it up pretty good," Mets manager Terry Collins said before the X-ray results came back. "I'm pretty concerned about it."

Harvey opened the game by striking out Jackson, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera. The AL champion Tigers, on a two-day swing to the east coast of Florida, brought their regulars on the trip.

Harvey finished with five strikeouts and three walks. In his final inning, he struck out Prince Fielder looking and induced a double-play ball off the bat of Victor Martinez after an error by shortstop Omar Quintanilla to open the inning.

"I was kind of feeling for everything today. Everything felt good, and I tried to do a little bit too much," Harvey said.

He credited catcher John Buck with settling him down.

"He did a great job picking up on that. That's the veteran and what he brings to the table. Everything clicked toward the end," Harvey said. "That fifth inning is what I wanted to do from the beginning."

Justin Turner had three hits for the Mets, including two doubles. Bobby Parnell, stepping in as the closer due to Frank Francisco's elbow injury, tossed a scoreless inning.

The 33-year-old Lyon, who agreed to a $750,000, one-year deal last month, figures to be a setup man for Parnell. The 11-year veteran could also get chances to close.

"I've been in every situation and feel comfortable in any situation in the bullpen. For me, I just go out there and pitch. I don't really think about what inning it is. I don't get more ramped up if it's the ninth," said Lyon, who has 79 career saves. "I just try to go out there, be aggressive and do my job. I feel like I can help this team a lot in any situation."

NOTES: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (ribcage) went 1 for 2 in a minor league game, while 3B David Wright (ribcage) took his first session of live batting practice since returning to camp last Sunday from the WBC. ... Francisco threw his first batting practice session Saturday. He is expected to pitch in games this week but said he won't be ready for the season opener April 1 against San Diego. ... New York optioned C Travis d'Arnaud to minor league camp, reassigned OF Andrew Brown, OF Jamie Hoffmann, LHP Aaron Laffey and INF Brian Bixler to minor league camp, and sent INF Brandon Hicks outright to the minors. ... Leyland said he thought Avisail Garcia (bruised heel), left behind in Lakeland while the Tigers are on the east coast of Florida, would not be ready to play Tuesday. "I'd probably be taking at-bats away from somebody to be playing him this late," Leyland said. Garcia is vying for a reserve spot in the outfield. ... Leyland said 95 percent of the team is defined, but he still hasn't settled on a closer. Rookie RHP Bruce Rondon remains a candidate. "I don't know who the closer is right now," Leyland said. "Rondon is a possibility. I don't know what the team is (right now)."

 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Turner
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

A. Jackson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5122013 .255
Torii Hunter, RF3100011 .268
    Quintin Berry, RF2111010 .286
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3000011 .250
    Danny Worth, PR-3B2111010 .316
Prince Fielder, 1B3121011 .333
    Don Kelly, 1B2112000 .244
Victor Martinez, DH4000003 .283
   a- Brad Davis, PH-DH0000100 .000
Andy Dirks, LF3000021 .268
    Matt Tuiasosopo, LF1010100 .333
Jhonny Peralta, SS1110200 .286
    Ramon Santiago, SS2020000 .294
Alex Avila, C2000102 .298
    Brayan Pena, C2000005 .171
Omar Infante, 2B4222105 .270
    Kevin Russo, 2B0000000 .306
Totals39913968  
a-walked for Martinez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (5, Harvey), Danny Worth (6, Lyon), Matt Tuiasosopo (6, Lyon), Omar Infante (4, Lyon)
3B - Austin Jackson (2, Lyon), Omar Infante (1, Harvey)
HR - Don Kelly (3, Lyon)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (6), Quintin Berry (1), Danny Worth (5), Prince Fielder (12), Don Kelly 2 (6), Omar Infante 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (4), Omar Infante 2 (6)
SB - Jhonny Peralta (1, 2nd base off Harvey/Buck)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Infante-Fielder, Peralta-Infante-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (W,2-3) 4.2422440 6.52
Darin Downs (H,4) 0.1000000 0.71
Al Alburquerque (H,4) 1100030 4.91
Jose Alvarez (H,5) 1.2422010 2.79
Luis Marte 1.1000010 2.38
WP - Doug Fister 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 42-24, Darin Downs 1-1, Al Alburquerque 10-10, Jose Alvarez 11-11, Luis Marte 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 8-0, Jose Alvarez 2-2
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 20, Darin Downs 1, Al Alburquerque 4, Jose Alvarez 9, Luis Marte 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, DH3000200 .045
Justin Turner, 2B-3B4230000 .333
Ike Davis, 1B3011003 .341
    Daniel Muno, 2B1000001 .000
Marlon Byrd, RF3010012 .311
    Cory Vaughn, RF11110001.000
John Buck, C2110111 .310
    Landon Powell, C1010000 .208
Andrew Brown, LF4000035 .233
Omar Quintanilla, SS2000111 .225
    Matthew Reynolds, SS10110001.000
Brandon Hicks, 3B-1B4000034 .116
Matt den Dekker, CF2000001 .205
    Alonzo Harris, CF2000000 .333
Totals3349349  
Batting
2B - Justin Turner 2 (2, Fister, Alvarez), Marlon Byrd (6, Alburquerque), Matthew Reynolds (1, Alvarez)
SH - Justin Turner (1)
RBI - Ike Davis (5), Cory Vaughn (1), Matthew Reynolds (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matthew Reynolds (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Turner-Davis, Quintanilla-Turner-Davis, Turner-Quintanilla-Davis
E - Omar Quintanilla (2, Misplayed grounder), Justin Turner (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harvey (L,1-1) 5543350 3.47
Bobby Parnell 1000110 2.53
Brandon Lyon 0.1655001 7.88
Scott Atchison 1.2100020 1.74
Jack Leathersich 1100200 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 43-30, Bobby Parnell 8-4, Brandon Lyon 7-7, Scott Atchison 10-10, Jack Leathersich 12-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 7-3, Bobby Parnell 1-0, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Scott Atchison 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 23, Bobby Parnell 3, Brandon Lyon 7, Scott Atchison 6, Jack Leathersich 6
Game Information
Attendance - 4877
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn