Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jake Peavy Goes 5 Hitless for White Sox; Delmon Young Powers Tigers over Cardinals

Players of the Day for Saturday, March 17, 2012

Grapefruit League

Young: 2B HR 4 RBI
The Detroit Tigers may want to consider moving to Lakeland, Florida, their off-season home, on a more permanent basis. Following Saturday's 10-3 pounding of St. Louis, the Tigers are 10-1 in exhibition play.

Outfielder Delmon Young belted a home run - his first of the year - and a double, driving in four runs for Detroit and raising his spring batting average to a robust .519. Prince Fielder went 3 for 3 with a pair of singles and a triple. Ryan Raburn hit his fifth homer of the spring. The Tigers scored all of their runs in the 4th through 7th innings.

Young, a right-handed slugger with ample power, came to the Tigers mid-season via Minnesota. He began his career with the Rays and spent two years with Tampa before heading to Minnesota in 2008. In 40 games with Detroit last season, Young socked eight homers and drove in 32 runs. A .288 career hitter, Young will likely platoon in the outfield or as a DH in Detroit's power-laden lineup.

Cactus League

Peavy: 5 IP 0 H 5 K
White Sox starter Jake Peavy had it going on from the mound in Chicago's 5-0 blanking of Seattle.

The right-handed hurler tossed five innings of hitless ball at the Mariners, whiffing five with one walk, to earn his first win of the spring after a couple rough outings in which he allowed 12 hits and nine earned runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Peavy, the national League 2007 Cy Young Award winner, spent seven seasons in San Diego before arriving with the White Sox on a mid-season trade in 2009. suffering from injuries the last two seasons, Peavy went 14-13 with the Sox in 2010 and 2011, though the team hopes he can regain his previous form this year.

In 2007, Peavy led the NL in wins (19), ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240).

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