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Detroit 10, St. Louis 3: Tigers' Oliver, Smyly post good showings vs. Cardinals

Final - 3.17.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 3 4 2 1 0 X 10 13 0
WP: Andrew Oliver (2 - 0)
SV: Drew Smyly (1)
LP: Jaime Garcia (0 - 1)

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Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly combined for six scoreless innings, allowing the Tigers the time to come back for a 10-3 victory over the Cardinals. That came after Adam Wilk, also competing for the fifth spot in Detroit's rotation, struggled a bit in his outing.

Oliver tossed just two innings, but for the second time in three appearances this spring did not issue any walks. He gave up a hit as well, while striking out one.

Smyly finished the game's final four innings. He didn't allow any hits, but did suffer a pair of walks. He struck out four.

The game's starter, Wilk, allowed six hits and two walks in three innings to sport St. Louis a 3-0 lead.

Detroit's batters had few problems dealing with St. Louis's pitching. The Tigers scored four runs off the starter and six off the bullpen. Prince Fielder went 3-for-3, but Delmon Young had the gaudy stats of the day: a three-run home run and a double. Ryan Raburn had two hits, including a home run, and Miguel Cabrera had two hits, as well. Young and Raburn lead the Tigers in average this spring, hitting .519 and .476. If they can keep this up -- Raburn sports a slugging of 1.381 and Young 1.000 -- it might actually portend good things for the coming season. (You can visit Lee Panas' website for more on that.)