In some ways it feels like Spring Training just started, but with today’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays, it has officially ended. The Tigers and Rays played to a 3-3 tie in St. Petersburg and now both teams can turn their attention towards earning an American League playoff berth.
Doug Fister entered his final Spring start with an ERA of 6.52 but put together a solid start today against the Rays. Fister went six innings allowing seven hits, no walks and two earned runs, both on solo home runs.
Fister’s next start will be much more important as he has been named the starter for the Tigers home opener against the New York Yankees on Friday, April 5.
With Spring Training out of way, next stop, Minneapolis to get the 2013 season underway. The Tigers will play three against the Twins at Target Field starting on Monday, April 1. Justin Verlander, now the owner of the richest pitcher contract in MLB history, gets the opening day start. He will be followed by Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer to close out the season opening series.