LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – This was a win that Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be proud of.
Brad Penny pitched five solid innings and pinch-hitter Ryan Strieby had a two-out single in the eighth, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over a Toronto Blue Jays split squad Saturday.
“There were a lot of good things in that game. Yesterday we won, but it was ugly. There were things to be disturbed about in that game,” Leyland said of Friday’s 7-4 win over the Cardinals. “Today, there really wasn’t a lot to be disturbed about.”
For one, Miguel Cabrera continued to break out of a 4-for-23 spring start. After hitting a double and homer Friday, he manufactured Detroit’s first run in the fourth. He walked, went first to third on Brennan Boesch’s single, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge.
“If you want to be aggressive in a game, you have to be do that now in spring training,” said Cabrera, who added a single to raise his average to .241. “You’ve got to keep working hard, keep playing, trying to be consistent.”
Penny, who didn’t pitch after May for St. Louis last year due to upper back problems, held Toronto to two runs – one earned. He allowed leadoff hits in four of his five innings, but said he was pleased with a third healthy outing this spring.