Phillies 5, Tigers 5(10)

On a day when two Cy Young Award winners were on the mound,
Victor Martinez had a big performance at the plate.

Martinez homered off Phillies ace Roy Halladay and finished 3
for 3 as the Detroit Tigers tied Philadelphia 5-5 in 10 innings

Just like Halladay, Justin Verlander made his spring training
debut for Detroit. And just like Halladay, the 2011 AL MVP allowed
one run and struck out two in two innings.

”All I was trying to do was get a feel for the ball and hit my
spots,” said Verlander, who went 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA last season.
”It was just good to get a feel for competition again. I don’t
really start thinking about results until I am going about five or
six innings.”

Verlander gave up a long double on a changeup to Ryan Howard,
who had two doubles on the day. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he
wasn’t concerned about Verlander’s performance this early in spring

”That’s just him getting ready for the season,” said Leyland,
who was just as concerned about menacing rain clouds that hovered
over Lakeland throughout the game. ”He threw well, but he’s just
warming up. It doesn’t mean anything yet.”

Halladay is going through a different type of spring. The
right-hander, who has two Cy Youngs to his credit, is known for
eating up innings but he struggled last season with lower back pain
that forced a change in his mechanics. He missed six weeks with a
strained shoulder that he said was a result of trying to pitch
through the back pain. He went 11-8 but posted an uncharacteristic
ERA of 4.49 and started only 25 games.

Halladay allowed only one hit but it was a long homer to
Martinez, his first since 2011.

”I feel a lot better than I did at the end of last season,”
Halladay said. ”I am just trying to get better and not put a lot
of stress on my arm. It has been a long recovery process, but I am
taking baby steps for now.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was brief in his assessment of
Halladay’s effort.

”Roy is fine,” Manuel said. ”Martinez is a great hitter, so
that’s not a big thing. (Roy) is already ahead of where he was this
time last year.”

Martinez, who batted .330 with 102 RBIs for Detroit in 2011,
missed last season with a left knee injury. He also scored twice
Sunday and is batting .571 this spring with four hits in seven

”Martinez is swinging it really good right now,” Leyland said.
”He’s just anxious to play.”

Philadelphia tied the score in the eighth on a homer by Domonic

AL MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3,
dropping his spring average to .111 (1 for 9).

NOTES: Tigers OF Andy Dirks was a late scratch with a mild left
intercostal strain to his rib cage. Dirks said it was nothing
serious and Leyland said Dirks was out of the lineup only as a
precaution. … LHP Drew Smyly is scheduled to pitch Monday for the
Tigers in Clearwater against Philadelphia. The Phillies will go
with LHP Cliff Lee. … Leyland said Martinez might play first base
Monday. It would be his first action in the field since his injury.
… Leyland was informed that Yankees OF Curtis Granderson broke
his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto LHP J.A.
Happ. Granderson played for the Tigers from 2004-09. ”It hits
really close to us,” Leyland said. ”It’s a real shame.”