Detroit at Tampa Bay

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Detroit (19-14)000020100382
Tampa Bay (15-17) «0000111003100

Tigers 3, Rays 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Doug Fister had a positive exhibition finish in preparation for his first regular-season start, against the New York Yankees.

Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams on Saturday.

"I thought he pitched really well," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He commanded much better. Used his pitches, changed speeds."

Fister, scheduled to pitch the Tigers' home opener Friday, had four strikeouts. Brayan Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Jamey Wright.

"It's another step in the right direction for me," Fister said. "I felt like today was much better timing wise and just that feel, working on a few pitches here and there. Just trying to get fine-tuned ready for six days from now."

The right-hander entered with 6.52 ERA over his previous six spring training games.

Matt Moore allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five in four scoreless innings for the Rays.

"That's what he's supposed to look like, that's what he can look like," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "As he regains his confidence, you'll see that on a more consistent basis."

James Loney connected in the fifth inning and Ryan Roberts in the sixth against Fister.

Tampa Bay hosts Baltimore in its regular-season opener Tuesday. The Tigers start the new season Monday at Minnesota, where temperatures are expected to be in the 30's.

"We're going to get a little shock when we get off the plane in Minnesota," Leyland said about the cold weather. "You don't think it is, you're crazy. So, makes no sense to make a big deal about it. I'm just happy today, we got through this game, knock on wood, injury free. A good, quick game, really. Nice crowd. It worked out good. The guys are all ready to go."

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott will start the season on the disabled list due a strained right calf. He could return in two to three weeks.

"I'm making progress every day," Scott said. "It's very disappointing, but I've been down this road before. From what I hear and what I see, it's not serious."

Maddon said he enjoyed the just completed spring training, but won't miss his alarm clock going off at 6 a.m.

"I'm looking forward to just moving it back a bit," Maddon said.

Maddon is in favor of teams playing night games during the final week of the exhibition season.

"If somehow we could come together as a group and just maybe play all night games ... if you're into night games, play them at the end," Maddon said. "Start flipping the internal clock a little bit as a group towards the end as opposed to going back and forth."

Before the game, Leyland addressed Friday's announcement that the Tigers and ace Justin Verlander had agreed to an $180 million, seven-year contract, calling it a great situation for the right-hander, the team and the fans.

"He's been with the Tigers for going on his eighth year," Leyland said. "Conceivably (be here) 15 years, or maybe 16. That's pretty much a whole career. That's got a nice ring to it. We're very fortunate to have an owner that steps up to the plate, and very fortunate to have players that want to play here."

NOTES: Rays 3B Evan Longoria was among the regulars not in Tampa Bay's lineup. "He feels like he's ready to go," Maddon said. ... Tigers RHP Rick Porcello pitched three innings in a minor league game. ... Maddon used 151 different lineups last season, the most for an AL team with a winning record since Gene Mauch's 1985 California Angels, who had 155. ... Tampa Bay OF Sam Fuld was scratched from the lineup due to an upset stomach.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Pena
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF1000101 .229
    Chad Wright, CF2000001 .167
Torii Hunter, RF1000011 .319
    Steven Moya, RF3000011 .000
Victor Martinez, DH3000001 .253
   a- Luis Sanz, PH-DH10100001.000
Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B4010032 .283
Jhonny Peralta, SS2000010 .250
    Ramon Santiago, SS2000012 .250
Omar Infante, 2B2010000 .280
    Brandon Loy, PR-2B2110010 .429
Brayan Pena, C4222001 .188
Jeff McVaney, LF4000012 .125
Don Kelly, 3B3021000 .320
Totals3438319  
a-singled for Martinez in the 8th
Batting
3B - Brayan Pena (1, McGee)
HR - Brayan Pena (3, Wright)
RBI - Brayan Pena 2 (7), Don Kelly (8)
2-OUT RBI - Don Kelly (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Infante-Tuiasosopo, Kelly-Loy-Tuiasosopo
E - Don Kelly (1, Throwing), Matt Tuiasosopo (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 6722042 5.68
William Clinard (BS,1) 1211011 9.00
Jade Todd 1000030 0.00
Brennan Smith 1100100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 96-63, William Clinard 19-13, Jade Todd 16-11, Brennan Smith 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 10-4, William Clinard 2-0, Brennan Smith 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, William Clinard 5, Jade Todd 3, Brennan Smith 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF3010021 .344
    Kes Carter, LF2000001 .000
Kelly Johnson, DH4010002 .155
Ben Zobrist, 2B3010000 .265
    Taylor Motter, SS1000001 .000
Matt Joyce, LF-RF3000011 .233
    Ismel Antunez, CF1000010 .000
Ryan Roberts, 3B4111010 .177
    Darryl George, 3B0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS3010000 .293
    Julian Morillo, PR-2B1000010 .000
James Loney, 1B3121001 .228
    James Harris, RF10100001.000
Jose Molina, C2000012 .130
    Jose Lobaton, C1000110 .191
Sean Rodriguez, RF-CF^1B3121002 .190
   a- Craig Albernaz, PH1000001 .250
Totals36310318  
a-grounded into a double play for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (3, Clinard)
HR - Ryan Roberts (3, Fister), James Loney (1, Fister), Sean Rodriguez (4, Clinard)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (7), James Loney (5), Sean Rodriguez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts (3)
SB - James Harris (1, 2nd base off Smith/B. Pena)
CS - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base by Fister/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Motter-S. Rodriguez
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore 4100150 3.80
Jamey Wright 1222001 7.36
Kyle Farnsworth 1100010 1.42
Jake McGee 1211010 5.40
Joel Peralta 1100020 1.00
Fernando Rodney 1100000 0.00
WP - Jake McGee (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 54-37, Jamey Wright 13-8, Kyle Farnsworth 15-12, Jake McGee 20-15, Joel Peralta 14-12, Fernando Rodney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 2-5, Jamey Wright 3-0, Jake McGee 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 14, Jamey Wright 5, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Jake McGee 5, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15167
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Travis Carlson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Chad Whitson