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Braves' Santana pitches 3 innings vs Tigers

By JEFF BERLINICKE
Associated Press
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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Ervin Santana allowed two runs in three innings as the Atlanta Braves topped the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Tuesday.

Santana gave up four hits and struck out one in his second start since being signed by the Braves to a one-year, $11 million deal on March 12. Santana was 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA for the Kansas City Royals last season.

Santana has pitched five innings this spring and has a 5.40 ERA.

''I feel good,'' he said. ''I am just trying to keep the ball down. I know I still have to work on some stuff. Except for a couple of runs, it felt fine.''

Santana was unsigned heading into the spring, but the Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery and expect Mike Minor to miss at least a month of the regular season.

Santana has a record of 105-90 over nine major league seasons, all in the American League.

Jason Heyward and Gerald Laird both homered for the Braves. Dan Uggla had two hits and two RBIs.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.

Miguel Cabrera raised his spring batting average to .378 with two hits.

STARTING TIME

Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez liked what he saw from Santana.

''I think he did really good,'' Gonzalez said. ''He kept the ball on the grass when they did hit it. It's just a matter of keeping him on the field.''

Tigers: Porcello kept his spirits up after his rough outing.

''It was a good time,'' he said. ''I was playing baseball and that's always fun.''

Porcello gave up three first-inning runs and three more in the sixth.

''I thought I was throwing it well until the sixth and then I just started to get the ball up. I feel really good, but I have some work to do at keeping the ball down.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Atlanta may have to worry about another potential pitching problem. Right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin left early because of a strain in his pitching elbow. He is day-to-day. Gonzalez said he is withholding judgment until Wednesday.

Tigers: Outfielder Rajai Davis played in his first game since hurting his hamstring last week. He went 0 for 2 and came out after the third inning. Manager Brad Ausmus said he was limiting Davis to two at-bats or three innings. ... Lefty Phil Coke was scheduled to pitch but wasn't feeling well, so Ausmus kept him out. He is expected to be ready for his next outing.

ROUGH OUTING

Tigers lefty Ian Krol, acquired from Washington in the offseason deal for Doug Fister, allowed four earned runs in an inning to saw his ERA go to 7.56. He walked a batter and allowed four hits.

''He was just out of whack today,'' Ausmus said.

Krol was scheduled to pitch on Monday but the game was rained out. He pitched in the batting cage and his outing on Tuesday was his first back to back games this spring.

GOING, GOING, WAY GONE

Heyward's wind-blown homer against Porcello cleared the tall right field scoreboard before clanging off a pickup truck. Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter simply looked up as it soared over his head, picked up a few blades of grass and tossed them into the air as he watched it sail out of sight.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

G. Laird
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF4221001 .317
   Steven Lerud, C2010000 .440
B.J. Upton, CF4000010 .259
   Robert Hefflinger, RF2000002 .000
Freddie Freeman, 1B2010101 .404
   Ernesto Mejia, PR-1B2100020 .300
Chris Johnson, 3B3111112 .290
   Phil Gosselin, PR-2B0200100 .360
Justin Upton, LF4121011 .226
   Cedric Hunter, PR-LF12100001.000
Dan Uggla, 2B3122011 .280
   Kyle Kubitza, 3B10120001.000
Gerald Laird, C3122000 .167
   Jordan Schafer, CF2000013 .222
Ramiro Pena, SS4112102 .364
Tyler Pastornicky, DH4021010 .375
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH-DH1000002 .256
Ervin Santana, P0000000 .000
   Ian Thomas, P0000000 .000
   Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Cunniff, P0000000 .000
   Mark Lamm, P0000000 .000
   James Weber, P0000000 .000
   James Hoyt, P0000000 .000
Totals4212161248  
a-grounded out for Pastornicky in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (4, Porcello), Cedric Hunter (1, Marinez), Kyle Kubitza (1, Marinez), Gerald Laird (2, Porcello)
3B - Ramiro Pena (1, Krol)
HR - Jason Heyward (4, Porcello), Gerald Laird (1, Porcello)
SF - Dan Uggla (2)
RBI - Jason Heyward (5), Chris Johnson (10), Justin Upton (9), Dan Uggla 2 (14), Kyle Kubitza 2 (2), Gerald Laird 2 (2), Ramiro Pena 2 (7), Tyler Pastornicky (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (2), Chris Johnson (5), Justin Upton (4), Dan Uggla (9), Ramiro Pena 2 (6), Tyler Pastornicky (1)
SB - Freddie Freeman (1, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jordan Schafer 1
DP - Freeman-Pena, Freeman-Pena-Kubitza-Gosselin-Mejia
E - Ernesto Mejia (3, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,1-0) 3422010 5.40
Ian Thomas (H,2) 1100020 2.70
Cory Gearrin (H,3) 0.2100100 6.57
Brandon Cunniff (H,1) 0.1100100 0.00
Mark Lamm (H,1) 2100110 6.00
James Weber (H,1) 1211010 9.00
James Hoyt 1000110 0.00
WP - Ervin Santana (1)
HBP - Hunter (by Mark Lamm)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 16-15, Ian Thomas 8-8, Cory Gearrin 6-2, Brandon Cunniff 6-2, Mark Lamm 13-8, James Weber 6-6, James Hoyt 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-1, Cory Gearrin 1-0, Mark Lamm 3-1, James Hoyt 2-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 13, Ian Thomas 4, Cory Gearrin 3, Brandon Cunniff 3, Mark Lamm 8, James Weber 4, James Hoyt 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, LF2000001 .364
   Tyler Collins, LF3000004 .239
Torii Hunter, RF2110110 .326
   Ben Verlander, PR-RF1000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4020001 .378
   James Robbins, 1B1000011 .000
Victor Martinez, DH3001100 .278
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000004 .275
   Andrew Romine, SS1110000 .206
Austin Jackson, CF4011020 .440
Alex Avila, C3120000 .295
   Bryan Holaday, C1000000 .216
Nick Castellanos, 3B3020011 .389
   Brandon Loy, 3B1000010 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS2011100 .433
   Curt Powell, 2B0000100 .000
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .000
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
   Jhan Marinez, P0000000 .000
   Corey Knebel, P0000000 .000
Totals34310346  
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (5, Weber), Alex Avila (3, Thomas), Nick Castellanos 2 (9, Santana)
RBI - Victor Martinez (9), Austin Jackson (13), Alex Gonzalez (7)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (L,1-2) 61066152 7.85
Ian Krol 1444110 7.56
Jhan Marinez 1222210 9.95
Corey Knebel 1000010 0.00
HBP - Freeman (by Ian Krol)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 43-38, Ian Krol 14-9, Jhan Marinez 15-7, Corey Knebel 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 5-8, Jhan Marinez 1-1, Corey Knebel 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 29, Ian Krol 9, Jhan Marinez 7, Corey Knebel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7194
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez