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Bonderman off to good start as Tigers win Grapefruit opener

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Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 6

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FYI: the line score was messed up, but I fixed it now. The box score looks inaccurate too. Spring training for the stats people too I guess.

Boilerplate warning: Spring stats mean nothing.

OK, now that we've got out of the way, Jeremy Bonderman had a nice start to the year with three strikeouts and two baserunners allowed in two innings. Not that it went that clearly. The beat writers who actually got to see the happenings shed more light.

From's Jason Beck on Twitter:

A 2-0 single and 4-pitch walk has Bonderman in trouble from get-go, but he gets out of it w/ 2 Ks and a groundout. 0-0 after 1st.

On the bright side, the Bonderman who did that in the past was pretty capable for the team.

From Tom Gage at, we learn Bonderman used a slider and what he said appeared to be a split-finger fastball in the first inning before moving on to his normal fastball in the second.

Bonderman went to his fastball in the second, and it more resembled the heater he threw during his 2006-07 seasons, before he underwent surgery for an arterial obstruction.

As for the rest of the happenings, reliever Daniel Schlereth gave up four runs -- including three on a homer -- in the eighth before vulturing the win when Mike Rabelo knocked in the game-winner in the ninth. Robbie Weinhardt got the save.

Brent Dlugach had a home run off Ricky Romero. Wilkin Ramirez and Audy Ciriaco had two hits apiece.


As chosen by insidious BYB insiders, Chris DTX wins a second consecutive day. His comment needs no introduction: