03/04/12 4:35 PM ET
Delgado, Teheran struggle in spring debuts
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
A day after the Tigers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 2-0 duel with the Braves, Detroit outpitched and outslugged Atlanta in the kind of one-sided affair early spring games can bring. Winds blowing across the outfield and out to right, gusting over 30 mph, provided a boost, notably on Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer in the third, and arguably on Ryan Raburn's solo shot in the second.
Still, Fielder's shot off the right-field light tower, nearly as high as the top of the scoreboard, needed no help. It was the first of four third-inning shots, including drives against the wind to left field from Delmon Young and Austin Jackson.
Brennan Boesch added his first homer of the spring with a drive to right in the second inning, and barely missed one an inning earlier with a double deep into the gap in left-center field to open the scoring. Alex Avila's two-run drive to straightaway center, just to the right of the batting eye, started the home run derby off starter Randall Delgado.
Avila's homer scored Fielder following his first-inning walk. Add in Saturday's game and Friday's exhibition against Florida Southern, and Fielder reached base safely in each of his first six plate appearances before he grounded out to first in the fourth inning.
Raburn added a grand slam in the fifth inning. Once Avisail Garcia followed with a ground ball through the right side, the Tigers had their first single of the afternoon.
Teheran, the fourth-ranked prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 list, gave up more home runs in two innings Sunday (six) than he did in 144 2/3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett (five) last year. Every member of Detroit's starting lineup homered except for Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks.
The Braves broke up their scoreless spring when Ernesto Mejia hooked a triple to deep center field off Tyler Stohr in the fifth inning, turning around Clete Thomas as Stefan Gartrell scored from first.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer worked two innings in his spring debut.
Up next: Michael Bourn will have his first chance to play his former Astros teammates when the Braves travel across town to play the Astros in Kissimmee on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Jair Jurrjens, the top candidate to start on Opening Day, will make his first appearance of the spring.