Spring Training Game 3 - Monday Afternoon, February 25th in Clearwater
Record - 0-2-1
One Sentence Summary: The offense is still hibernating and Jonathan Papelbon got clobbered in his spring debut as the Tigers won easily, 9-1.
What It Means: It's only the third game of the exhibition season, but it sure would be nice to notch a win at this point.
What Went Wrong: Papelbon had to be removed from the game after giving up 6 runs (including 2 home runs) in two-thirds of an inning. In short, he looked awful. Michael Stutes didn't fare much better in his spring debut giving up two runs in his inning of work.
On the plus side, Cliff Lee pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring. Ryan Howard added two hits to raise his three-game average to an even .500.
Featured Card: Last year's American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera crushed a home run off Papelbon that has yet to come down. This is the sole Cabrera card in my Phillies collection, as he shared space with Howard on this League Leaders card.
Field Report: My Mom made her Clearwater debut yesterday, taking in her first ever Spring Training game. I'm hopeful that a February/March trip to Florida becomes an annual tradition for her and I'm looking forward to one day joining her in Clearwater. For those of us stuck in the dreary northeast, here are some pictures taken in the sunshine, courtesy of my Mom.