SARASOTA,Fla. -- Prior to Sunday's start, Tigers manager Jim Leyland remarked that it would be a tough test for bullpen hopeful Adam Wilk, who was facing an Orioles lineup with seven regulars.
The left-handed prospect passed on all accounts, tossing three scoreless innings in Detroit's 9-1 win in Grapefruit League action at Ed Smith Stadium.
Wilk, who increased his spring scoreless streak to nine innings, allowed just one hit, a single to Vladimir Guerrero to start the second. One out later, Wilk got Luke Scott to ground into a double play to ensure he would face the minimum nine batters.
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The Tigers jumped on O's starter Brian Matusz, who labored through a 33-pitch first inning and wasn't helped much by the defense behind him. Leadoff man Austin Jackson singled and scored on Miguel Cabrera's line drive off the center-field wall. Cabrera scored on second baseman Cesar Izturis' fielding error and Casper Wells, who went 4-for-4 on the day, added a solo homer in the third. The left-field blast was on a 1-0 pitch and was Wells' second homer this spring. Wells also doubled twice and had two RBIs in all.
Cabrera added an RBI single in the sixth and Ramon Santiago followed one batter later with a sacrifice fly.
"It's about the team. Everybody's got to do their job," Cabrera said of the Tigers' complete win. "Everybody has to work hard and they know what they have to do to get ready for the season. We have to go out there and work hard, and win games like Skip said. Do whatever you can to score runs."
Matusz exited after 3 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
"The results, [I'm] not happy about the results," Matusz said of his third spring outing. "But I'm really happy about the process. I feel like I'm making some adjustments that I need to, and I'm excited to sit down with [pitching coach Mark Connor], look at the video for this game, kind of see where I need to be mechanically-wise. I feel like I wasn't fully in my groove the whole time. And that's OK. But I'm excited for this work week."
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his first homer of the spring with a leadoff shot in the fourth. Hardy sent Tigers pitcher Charlie Furbush's 1-0 offering into the left-field pavilion.
Up next for the Tigers: Detroit will travel to Viera, Fla. on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET to take on the Washington Nationals with right-hander Rick Porcello slated to take the mound opposite the Nats' Jason Marquis. Enrique Gonzalez Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde are also scheduled to throw for the Tigers.
Up next for the Orioles: The O's will welcome the neighboring Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta will make his third start this spring and the game will be televised by MLB Network and MASN. The Pirates will send Kevin Correia to the mound. Reliever Jason Berken and Jeremy Accardo are also scheduled to pitch.
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