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Tigers unleash the bats against Houston

Final - 3.5.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 7 14 2
Detroit Tigers 1 2 0 0 4 0 3 7 x 17 16 0
WP: Eddie Bonine (1 - 0)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (0 - 1)

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Don Kelly hit a home run a mile, or at least as far as the batting cages in Lakeland. Eddie Bonine, Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya and Fu-Te Ni all got some action on the mound. And the Tigers put 10 runs on the board in the final two innings against the Astros to turn a close game into a rout on Friday. You can see the box score for more on that one, as it's way too early to do anything but enjoy the fact baseball is back.

But maybe just as interesting for Tigers fans is what happened at Kaline Field, where 2009 first-round draftee Jacob Turner got his first taste of professional baseball starting the "B" game for Detroit. He gave up a hit and struck out a batter in two innings, according to a tweet from's Jason Beck, who said Turner had a good breaking ball on display. What Turner does this spring training really doesn't affect the Tigers' decisions much. But it's nice to hear good things about one of Detroit's top pitching prospects.

Comment of the Night

After being runner-up Thursday, StringTheory takes home the victory with 5 recs in today's game thread by making one of a million possible jokes about Phil Coke's name.

Coke must be throwing speedballs.