Alfredo Simon allowed six first-inning runs before settling down with two shutout innings. Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria also pitched scoreless inning for the Tigers.
Price told reporters Friday that he was so sure Verlander would be starting on Opening Day that Price told his family members to schedule their trip to Detroit for the second game of the season.
The choice comes as a bit of a surprise considering Justin Verlander has started Opening Day each of the last seven seasons.
The two most venerable starting pitchers for the Tigers had a little Twitter fun at the expense of manager Brad Ausmus on Friday morning.
Drafted in the first round of the 2011 Draft eighth overall as a 17-year-old, Lindor has rapidly risen through the Tribe’s Minor League system and he appears to be on the cusp of the Major Leagues at just 21 years old … though his Indians’ debut won’t come right away.
The Mets were hoping they had acquired their catcher of the future when they traded for d’Arnaud in 2013. After a slow start to his Mets career he broke out late last season and looks poised for a big year this season.
SS Jose Iglesias had a breakout year in 2013, but it’s been a tough road for the promising young shortstop. A healthy return could be huge for Iglesias and the Tigers in 2015.
Spring Training is a time for all ball players to work out the kinks and get ready for the start of the regular season. One thing they shouldn’t have to work on is dressing themselves…
Sanchez gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in four innings. He was 8-5 with a 3.43 ERA last year.
Pineda struck out four, including three in the second inning, and walked one. He retired eight in a row before walking and then picking Andrew Romine off first base.