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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Tigers Patiently Pound Braves In Final Spring Game

The Tigers waited out Kenshin Kawakami's control problems and got to Tommy Hanson as they churned out run after run, winning 8-4.

Kawakami, making his final spring start, walked seven batters, two with the bases loaded, and allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He wasn't locating any of his pitches for strikes at all. Tommy Hanson pitched the next three innings and allowed three runs. Kris Medlen allowed no runs in 3 1/3 innings to finish the pitching work for the Braves.

Jeff Francoeur hit a solo home run for Atlanta to get them their first run and Matt Diaz scored the second with a double and scored on a throwing error caused by his attempt to steal third base. The Braves scored two in the ninth.

Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird all had two hits for the Tigers.

W - Armando Galarraga (2-0)
L - Kenshin Kawakami (2-2)
HR - DET - Carlos Guillen (1)
ATL - Jeff Francoeur (2)

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