|McCann 2 2B, 5 RBI|
As Spring unfolds and the regular season awaits, the Tigers have hopes for a better performance with some new faces and continued improvement from veteran players.
One position that appears solid is behind the plate, as James McCann has been the regular catcher the past two years and will be the starter on opening day.
On Friday, the Tigers routed the Braves, 11-3, thanks largely to a pair of doubles and five RBI from McCann.
Down 3-0 in the fifth, McCann tied the game with a bases-loaded double to the left field gap, then doubled again in the seventh, plating two, as the Tigers put the game away with a seven-run inning.
McCann hit .253 in 2017, with 13 homers and 49 RBI. The Tigers are 11-14 this Spring.
|Kershaw: 21.1 IP, 0.00 ERA|
What may have other teams concerned is the dominance of Clayton Kershaw, who extended his personal string of scoreless innings to 21 1/3 innings by allowing one hit and no runs over 6 1/3 in the Dodgers' 10-0 swamping of Kansas City. He fanned four and did not issue any walks.
His teammates gave him an early lead with a run in the first, then added seven in the third, more than enough cushion for the seven-time all star.
Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young award winner (2011, 2013, 2014) and NL MVP (2014), has made six appearances this preseason - all starts - allowed 12 hits, four walks, no runs, and struck out 23. Last season, he was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA.
The Dodgers are 15-13, 3 1/2 games out in the Cactus League. Kershaw will start the season opener at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, against the San Francisco Giants.