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Tigers News and Notes: First game in the books, Injury updates, Grapefruit action tomorrow

For the first time since their season-ending sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles last October, the Detroit Tigers got back into competitive play. As always, they played their first tune-up game against the Florida Southern Moccasins collegiate team prior to any Grapefruit League action, when they will start off against those pesky O’s. Let’s takeaway what we can from this game, and go over any other important news going on today with the Tigers.

 

LET’S PLAY BALL!

Oh how it would be so nice to be down in Lakeland, Florida to see the boys play. Shout out to our Tigers faithful soaking some sun and watching the team play!

The Tigers hold a commanding lead of 25-1-2 all-time against FSC, and they would roll again today by a final score of 12-2. This is the game where basically everyone and their mother on team gets a couple at bats in and plays a few innings. Seven pitchers were used today, particularly guys who are young and fighting for a 25-man roster spot. Eight different pitchers will be used tomorrow. As for the lineup, outfielders and sluggers J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes assumed the 3-4 slots in place of rehabbing Tigers, first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.


 

THE RETURN OF V-MART

Victor Martinez has arrived in Lakeland, Florida to join the rest of his team. Martinez is coming off surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

This certainly is encouraging to see if you are a Tigers fan. Martinez will take all the time he needs to get 100% healthy. I do wonder often how often him and Cabrera fight over using the anti-gravity treadmill.


 

MORE BAD NEWS FOR HANRAHAN

Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan will visiting an elbow specialist in Texas tomorrow. Hanrahan, who was signed last season by Detroit but never saw action because of the same injury, has not thrown a baseball in over a week.

I can see how frustrating this would be for any player. If there is something to takeaway from this, this could leave the door open for some of the younger pitchers to earn themselves a roster spot.


 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE ACTION TOMORROW

The Tigers will continue their spring training play tomorrow when they play the team that knocked them out of the 2014 postseason. It will basically go the same way for the first few games, a lot of the players seeing some playing time. A new wave of pitchers will take the bump as well against Baltimore. There will be some changes to the starting lineup. Here is today’s lineup compared to how tomorrow’s will look:

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