Verlander sparkles in loss
Braves get to closer Lyon to record walk-off victory
BRAVES 3, TIGERS 2
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Friday, March 27
Tigers at the plate: Matt Treanor's seventh-inning two-run homer off Manny Acosta accounted for the game's first runs. Carlos Guillen's fourth-inning double accounted for the only extra-base hit the Tigers recorded during Tom Glavine's four-inning effort. Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge were left stranded after recording second-inning singles.
Tigers on the mound: While allowing two hits and recording three strikeouts over seven scoreless innings, Verlander hit 97 mph with his fastball and displayed the dominant form that he possessed in 2007. Lyon issued a leadoff walk to Brandon Ross to begin the ninth inning and then surrendered an Omar Infante single before Prado followed with his walk-off single.
Braves on the mound: Working with a fastball that sat around 80 mph, Glavine recorded three strikeouts in four scoreless innings. In his two Grapefruit League starts, the 43-year-old southpaw has completed seven scoreless innings. Eric O'Flaherty, who allowed 10 earned runs and 16 hits in his previous six outings, recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.
Grapefruit League records: Tigers 10-14; Braves 17-8Up next: Braves starter Jair Jurrjens will attempt to prolong his recent success when he takes the mound to face the Yankees at Disney at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. Closer Mike Gonzalez, who was happy with his increased velocity during his previous outing, is also scheduled to pitch.
Edwin Jackson will start for the Tigers on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET, when they travel to Dunedin , Fla., to face the Blue Jays. Jackson is slated to make his regular-season debut against the Blue Jays on April 7. Ryan Perry, who is bidding for a bullpen spot, is also scheduled to pitch two innings.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.