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Tigers News and Notes: Tigers defeat the Cardinals, Miggy goes yard again, Injury updates

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Miguel Cabrera photo

Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila each hit their second home run of Spring Training as the Detroit Tigers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. We have a brief game recap, a roster move, and an injury update which includes Justin Verlander, on this daily edition of Tigers News and Notes.

Tigers clip the Cardinals

In a game which featured Cabrera and Avila each hitting their second home run of the spring, the Tigers defeated the Cardinals 4-3 at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Cabrera’s blast came off Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn with one on and one out in the bottom of the first inning to put the Tigers up 2-0. The Tigers did not score again until the seventh inning when Avila took a pitch from Mitch Harris and drove it over the fence to tie the game 3-3.

In the bottom of the eighth inning the Tigers were able to push across the winning run when second baseman Ian Kinsler singled through the shift and then scored on Jordan Lennerton‘s double to the gap.

Ausmus optimistic about Miggy and V-Mart

Following the game on Saturday, Brad Ausmus shared his thoughts about whether or not Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will be ready for Opening Day.

With the first game a little more than a week away, this is great news for Tigers fans.

Putkonen released

The Tigers confirmed on Saturday that right-handed pitcher Luke Putkonen has been released.

Putkonen had struggled mightily this spring while pitching for the Tigers. In fact, in only four appearances he posted a 7.36 ERA, not good enough to force the team to consider keeping him.

In addition to Putkonen, the Tigers also released six other minor league players.

Verlander injury update

Though the Tigers are still not sure whether Justin Verlander is dealing with a cramp or a strain, neither Verlander nor the seem to be too worried either way.

On deck for the Tigers

The Tigers next game will be on Sunday when they travel to Clearwater to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to make his sixth start of Spring Training. After being roughed around at the beginning of camp, Sanchez has come into his own and pitched very well over the past couple of games, including striking out 10 and only giving up two runs in the last two games.

Photo by Keith Allison

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