Tigers Vs. Braves, Spring Training: Chipper Jones At Third Base, Randall Delgado In The Final Innings Of Today's Game

The Braves and Tigers square off at Lake Buena Vista at 1:05 on ESPN. Jair Jurrjens gets his second start, while Randall Delgado and a slew of other solid pitchers are slated to take the hill.

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Tigers Vs. Braves Final Score: Matt Young RBI Single In Ninth Earns Braves Victory, 4-3

Matt Young singled in the winning run in the ninth as the Braves beat the Tigers, 4-3.

Young, Freddie Freeman and Joe Mather picked up a RBI apiece for the Braves. Martin Prado recorded a double and a walk, and he continues to display solid defense in left. Chipper Jones picked up a single in two at bats and scored. He logged two outs on defense in the first on a popout and groundout, but otherwise he didn't see much action at third.

Nate McLouth struggled at the plate, grounding out weakly three times, giving us all flashbacks for the day. You can't bank anything on one day's worth of at bats, but he certainly didn't show anything today. Neither did Brooks Conrad, who went 0-4 with only one ball leaving the infield.

Jair Jurrjens hit a couple snags in his third inning of work. After two perfect innings, he gave up a solo home run to Brennan Boesch in the third. After two outs, he allowed a double to Austin Jackson and single to Will Rhymes for the second run. Jurrjens was spot on aside from these two at bats, and he kept the ball down pretty well. He also kept it in the zone, not walking any and striking out one.

Jonny Venters followed with a perfect fourth, including a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera. Cory Gearrin was a little shaky with two outs in the fifth, allowing a single to Clete Thomas and walk to Jackson before getting Rhymes to strike out.

Stephen Marek was impressive again, allowing a leadoff single to Magglio Ordonez before inducing a double play by Cabrera and receiving an infield popout by Victor Martinez. Marek was strong and went after the middle of the Tigers lineup.

Lee Hyde received his first outing of spring, allowing a leadoff double to Jhonny Peralta before getting two straight outs. That was followed by two straight walks to Thomas and Jackson to load the bases, but Rhymes flew out to end the threat.

Juan Abreu was spotless in the eighth, striking out two minor leaguers. Randall Delgado made his spring debut and was hit hard, allowing two singles and a double to Detroit backup major leaguers that brought home a run. He struggled keeping the ball down or on the corners, but it's tough to blame him when you know his adrenaline is pumping. It was fun to watch him pitch.


Young probably didn't gain much from a RBI single, but I'm sure it gained attention by the fact that it was a walkoff hit. He's proving his worth as the fourth outfielder with a good bat and defense so far.

McLouth took a step back today with three weak groundouts, and they were the type that reminded me of last year. Hopefully he can rebound in his next start.

If Marek continues to pitch the way he has so far, it will be tough to not carry him out of spring camp. He has been very impressive, and he is already certainly deserving of a bullpen role.


Tigers Vs. Braves, Spring Training: Chipper Jones At Third Base, Randall Delgado In The Final Innings Of Today's Game

The Atlanta Braves play host to the Detroit Tigers today at 1:05 on ESPN. We have some pretty good stuff for you watch for during the game.

Braves Lineup:
1. Martin Prado, LF
2. Nate McLouth, CF
3. Chipper Jones, 3B
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. Alex Gonzalez, SS
7. Eric Hinske, DH
8. Brooks Conrad, 2B
9. Jose Constanza, RF
Jair Jurrjens, SP

Braves pitchers: Jair Jurrjens, Jonny Venters, Cory Gearrin, Stephen Marek, Randall Delgado

First of all, this is a pretty impressive list of pitchers taking the mound today. Jurrjens is getting his second start of spring and is looking to continue his great performance from the first day. Venters is Venters. Gearrin is looking to prove himself worthy of a bullpen spot, which he isn't far from doing. Marek has already proven himself worthy, but it's always worth watching his outings.

For the second straight day, a top 10 pitching prospect is taking the mound to finish things off. After Arodys Vizcaino shut down the Red Sox for the final two innings yesterday, Delgado will look to do the same against the Tigers in his first outing of spring. I have Delgado ranked No. 3 on my top 30 list. If you are able to catch only a couple innings of today's game, make it the final two.

Chipper Jones is getting his first start at third base this spring. As expected, his defense and range of motions will be closely watched. Most of the regulars are in the lineup, so enjoy a day of watching the starters getting some swings in.

As mentioned last night, Jason Heyward is getting a day off to rest his sore groin. It isn't said to be serious, just taking it easy.

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