March 5, 2013
Nick Castellanos raised his early spring average to .667 with a 3-for-3 effort against Tampa Bay on Thursday, as the Detroit Tigers rolled to an 11-2 win. Castellanos, the Tigers' prized prospect, has seen some extended action thus far with expected starting left fielder Andy Dirks sidelined by an injury.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBIs from Miguel Cabrera and Castellanos, before the Rays tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Jhonny Peralta handed Detroit the lead back with an RBI fielder's choice, then Austin Jackson made it 5-2 with his first spring homer.
Daniel Fields, Danny Worth and Argenis Diaz each had an RBI, while Dixon Machado brought home two with a ninth-inning double.
Anibal Sanchez started for Detroit and pitched three shutout innings, allowing four hits. Ryan Robkowski relived him and landed the win, despite giving up two runs in his only inning of work. Four Tigers relievers combined to shut out the Rays over the final five innings.
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