Phil Coke may have made his Tigers debut as a starting pitcher last season, but he made the best of his second chance to make a first impression with two scoreless innings on the mound Saturday in a 4-0 Tigers' victory over the Blue Jays. He struck out one and allowed one hit. Six relievers also pitched scoreless innings.
Coke needed just nine pitches and threw nine strikes according to the box score (update: which apparently isn't accurate). Of course, we don't mean to make too much of Coke's successful debut. But hey, what else are we supposed to write about until March 31? So here's to hoping he pitches just as efficiently come April.
Second-base candidate Scott Sizemore also performed well, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. Detroit rapped out eight hits and took two walks. Also notable, first baseman Ryan Strieby had a two-out RBI.
Making his Tigers debut, zippy reliever Al Alburquerque stumbled a bit by walking two batters but he did strike out one.