Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – April 2, 2012

Coming off a terrible 2011 regular season Brett Cecil was hopeful to turn around his career with a solid season in 2012.  After a brutal outing this afternoon there has been talk he might not even have a rotation spot locked down.  The Tigers struck early and often and ended winning 11-8, read the full boxscore here

Brett Cecil was hammered over 4 innings, giving up 11 hits and 7 earned runs.  His spring ERA jumped to 6.48 with the rough outing.  Cecil won’t be given much of a leash in the regular season so he had better hope he gets off to a decent start.

Prince Fielder and Delmon Young hit back-to-back home runs, the latter being Young’s sixth homer of the spring, as part of a seven-run second inning that allowed Detroit to cruise to an 11-8 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon in the Tigers’ home finale at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The matchup between the two best records in the Grapefruit League turned early in the Tigers’ favour once Omar Vizquel and Luis Valbuena ran into each other behind second base on Fielder’s popup, allowing Brennan Boesch to score on the errant drop. Young doubled in Fielder for a 2-0 lead.

The real damage came the next inning, when eight consecutive Tigers reached base safely after Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil retired leadoff hitter Jhonny Peralta. The first seven of those were base hits, including Austin Jackson’s RBI double and Boesch’s two-run single.

Up next: The Tigers and Blue Jays wrap up their Grapefruit League schedules with the back end of their home-and-home set, heading to Dunedin for a 12:05 p.m. ET matchup. Max Scherzer will make his final tuneup of the spring for Detroit opposite Henderson Alvarez, who’s ticketed for the fourth spot in Toronto’s rotation after what has been a stingy spring.


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