Navarro hot; Sonnanstine shaky
Catcher collects three hits, starter gives up four runs in loss to Tigers
TIGERS 6, RAYS 3
at Lakeland, Fla.
Thursday, March 26
Rays at the plate: Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no one out in the first inning, but managed to plate only one run when Carlos Pena flew out to the warning track in center field for a sacrifice fly. Ben Zobrist tripled and scored in the fourth before former Tigers player Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the fifth.
Tigers at the plate: The four Tigers returning from the World Baseball Classic made their impact early and often, especially Curtis Granderson. He and Miguel Cabrera doubled to open Detroit's scoring in the opening inning before Granderson reached on an error and scored on a Carlos Guillen groundout in the third. Granderson and Brandon Inge added solo homers in the fourth to pull Detroit ahead. Will Rhymes added a two-run triple in the eighth.
Rays on the mound: Andy Sonnanstine never seemingly settled in against Detroit's lineup, though he managed to get a good share of swings and misses. He gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, marking his longest outing of the spring. Lance Cormier followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings on four hits.
Tigers on the mound: Starter Rick Porcello, trying to add to his resume as he competes for the fifth spot in Detroit's rotation, was on the ropes early with a 36-pitch opening inning, but looked much more comfortable in the second with a better mix of speeds. He left with one out in the third after hitting his pitch count. Clay Rapada gave up a pair of runs in his 2 1/3 innings before Juan Rincon, pitching for the second consecutive day, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Grapefruit League records: Rays 12-11-1, Tigers 10-13-1
Up next: The Rays make the trip down Interstate 75 to Fort Myers, Fla. for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Twins. James Shields is scheduled to make the start opposite Scott Baker. Lefty J.P. Howell is slated to pitch in relief.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.