The battle for the fifth rotation spot has a new contender as Peacock came out firing in his start yesterday (Astros.com)And he was able to use lessons in that start that he picked up during his time in the pen (Houston Chronicle)Though there are some who think the Astros should just shove Whitley into the rotation and never look back (Houston Sportsmap)The lineup for the game also featured some of the Astros’ regulars getting at bats (Texas Sports Nation)Bregman is set to return to the plate this Saturday in a game that will feature Altuve back at 2nd (ESPN)Bregman also expressed interest in signing an extension with Astros David Price Jersey
, which I endorse wholeheartedly (Astros.com)We may still be four weeks away, but there’s already chatter about the opening day roster (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Though it could become a little clearer if they bring back a certain bearded pitcher they’ve been in contact with (Sporting News)Either way, Hinch will be looking to the little things to maximize his payout in 2019 (Houston Chronicle)Around the LeagueBryce Harper is officially a Very Rich Man as the Phillies deliver on their stupid money promise (FanGraphs)And the signing should make the Phillies considerably better in 2019 (Sports Illustrated)Which also has the potential to catapult the 2019 race for the NL East into one of the better ones (The Ringer)Might as well take a look at the two biggest contracts in baseball history while we’re at it (Sporting News)And though his won’t be on that level, Keuchel is still one of the best free agents out there (Houston Chronicle)In non-stupid money news, the Blue Jays have scooped up Clay Buchholz (MLB Trade Rumors)They’ve also picked up former Astros great pitcher Bud Norris (MLB Trade Rumors) Detroit’s young players were on display during the annual exhibition game."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers RecapsTigers Spring Training 2019Tigers 13, Southeastern 2: Baseball is back and all is right once againNew,8commentsDetroit’s young players were on display during the annual exhibition game.ESTShareTweetShareShareTigers 13, Southeastern 2: Baseball is back and all is right once againKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsBaseball is back. In front of an announced 4,995 fans, the Detroit Tigers opened their spring training schedule with their annual college exhibition game. But rather than their traditional tangle with the Water Moccasins of Florida Southern College, the Tigers opted to play with Fire. The baseball team of Lakeland’s Southeastern University Fire, that is.At the plateThe Tigers saw some power swings from Brandon Dixon, an offseason waiver pickup Craig Kimbrel Jersey
, and top catcher prospect Jake Rogers, each of whom launched solo home runs.A two-out RBI double for Kade Scivicque gave the Tigers the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Cody Eaves. They would then break it open in the eighth inning which included, among other things, a solo home run from Daniel Pinero, a two-run triple for Brady Policelli, and an RBI double by Cam Gibson.Other notable batters making appearances today included Daz Cameron (0-3), Victor Reyes (0-3), Dawel Lugo (1-2), Ronny Rodriguez (2-3, 2B, RBI), Willi Castro (1-2) Steven Wright Jersey
, and Sergio Alcantara (1-2, 2B).On the moundThe Tigers got a look at a few up-and-coming pieces. Spencer Turnbull, after a few appearances down the stretch in 2018, got the nod as the day’s starter, throwing two scoreless innings. He was followed by 2018 first overall pick Casey Mize, who saw two innings of work. While he looked a touch rusty in his first inning of work, he was effective as he sent down the side in order. His second inning was a bit more shaky, as he missed the strike zone a bit more frequently.After recording two quick outs, he surrendered three consecutive hits and one run. Kyle Funkhouser, who could make his first appearance in Detroit as early as this season, also saw a couple of innings of work in which he would retire all six batters he faced, including striking out the side in the top of the sixth inning with a fastball that topped out around 96 miles per hour.Other pitchers making appearances were Gregory Soto (IP, H http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey
, R, 2 K) Eduardo Jimenez (IP, H, 2 K), and Paul Voelker (IP, 2 H).Otherwise Dawel Lugo, looking to return to the major league roster this season, had a rough day with two baserunning gaffes in the early goings of the contest; first, after losing track of outs, he was doubled off on a fly ball to the outfield. Again, in the fourth inning, he was thrown out at first base after taking a wide turn on an overthrow. On deckThe Tigers will open up Grapefruit League play on Saturday as they visit Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is slated for 1:07 p.m. and Dan Dickerson will be on the call on the Detroit Tigers radio network. You can also follow along on MLB.com Gameday.