What happened: Justin Verlander blanked Toronto on one hit over four innings. Catcher Bryan Holaday had a two-run double, and Torii Hunter hit his first Tigers homer.
Boesch is back: In his first big-league game of the spring, lefty-swinging Brennan Boesch fanned in his one at-bat, against lefty Aaron Loup.
Overheard: “It’s a tough question because you want to give him an opportunity, obviously. Coming off the injury, you can’t overplay him because he might be injured again. So you have to use common sense.” _ Manager Jim Leyland, asked if Boesch will play extra now to make up for missing nearly the first two weeks of spring games with an oblique injury.
Windy: Some airborne balls that would have been routine outs on a calm day eluded fielders. The wind was blowing from left to right at 20 MPH, sometimes gusting higher, according to weather.com. Left fielder Andy Dirks ran quite a ways to catch a wind-blown fly, a skill he worked on as he grew up in his native state. “It’s always windy in Kansas,” he said.
Detroit 4, Toronto 1: Torii Hunter homers, Justin Verlander solid again as Tigers beat Jays
Detroit Free Press | Mar 7