Young backs stingy Fister in win over Rays
Slugger clubs second homer; starter tosses three shutout innings
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Delmon Young crushed his second home run of the spring shortly after Miguel Cabrera just missed his own Thursday in an 8-1 road win for the Tigers against the Rays.
Tampa Bay's David Price and Detroit's Doug Fister both turned in scoreless outings at Charlotte Sports Park, but the former's was cut short because of minor a neck spasm after he hurt it toweling off. Price threw 38 pitches and 24 for strikes in two innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out one.
"I was just drying my head off in between innings after the second inning," said Price, holding his head especially still. "It's happened to me two times before, the towel kind of catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward and I just felt it a little bit in the back of my neck. I just want to be cautious with it."
Price likely would've gone three innings, as Fister did, were he not bothered. Fister had two errors behind him through as many innings, but finished with just one hit allowed in three frames. He didn't walk or strike out anyone in a strong showing.
Both Price and Fister worked around two-on jams in the first inning. With Price finished after two frames, the Tigers jumped on his replacement, lefty Cesar Ramos, in the top of the third. Cabrera tagged a 1-2 pitch to left-center with one out, doubling on a ball that hit the very top of the fence and remained in play.
Two batters later, Young hit a no-doubt, three-run homer to left on a 2-1 offering, putting Detroit up 3-0.
Cabrera had line-drive hits in his next two at-bats, exiting the game in the sixth after a one-out RBI single to left off the Rays' Jeremy Hellickson made it 6-1. Cabrera entered the day 1-for-10 in four spring games, with the one being a homer.
"Everybody here is ready to play baseball," Cabrera said. "Nobody here is like, 'OK, I'm going to get ready next week.' No, everybody's getting ready right now. Everybody's important to us right now. We've got to look forward here to go into the season."
Ramos and Hellickson both gave up three runs on four hits in two innings in a rough day for Rays pitchers. Tampa's lone run came in the fourth, which Jeff Keppinger started with a double to left against Duane Below, who had just entered. Matt Mangini notched the RBI single two batters later.
Detroit is 6-0 this spring.
Up next for Tigers: The Tigers get their first pitching showdown of the spring when Roy Halladay leads the Phillies into Lakeland for a 1:05 p.m. ET meeting with Detroit and Max Scherzer at Joker Marchant Stadium. Adam Wilk, Collin Balester, David Pauley, Tyler Stohr and Daniel Schlereth are also scheduled to pitch for the Tigers. Prince Fielder is 6-for-13 lifetime off Halladay in the regular season.