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Penny struggles, Tigers fall to Mets

A day after being named to the Tigers' initial four-man rotation, Brad Penny sported the Mets a five-run lead just two innings into the game. Willie Harris hit a two-out, second-inning grand slam for the four-run lead. Three consecutive hits later, the Mets added another run. Detroit dropped the game 7-4.


Penny finished the day with a line of eight hits and three walks allowed in four innings, accounting for five runs. He struck out three.

Of course, you've by now read of the bigger news earlier in the day. Will Rhymes was named the team's starting second baseman to open the season, and several players were optioned to Toledo or sent to the minor league camp.

The Tigers did really back with four runs in the bottom half of the second inning. The runs were not particularly exciting, but they were scored. Two came by groundouts, another when Alex Avila was hit by the pitch with bases loaded. Ryan Raburn drove one in as well.

Victor Martinez and Don Kelly both had two hits.

As for the Tigers' bullpen, Adam Wilk continued making his case for the opening-day bullpen. He threw a scoreless inning. Daniel Schlereth, who is almost certainly going to make the active roster, tossed two scoreless innings. Ryan Perry and Brad Thomas -- also players who made the bullpen -- both gave up a run.