LAKELAND Fla. (AP) Julio Teheran allowed one run in a two-inning spring debut, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Teheran is expected to be the Braves’ opening-day starter. He allowed three hits and walked one. The ace of a Braves staff that has been rocked by injuries the past two years, Teheran went 14-13 with a 2.89 ERA.
”Being the opening-day starter is a real honor, especially with the Braves,” Teheran said. ”It’s early and I don’t have everything going yet, but starting on opening day is a great honor.”
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez also said it was too early to speculate, and he isn’t quite ready to pick his opening-day starter, five weeks before the games start to count for real.
”Julio did exactly what I wanted him to do today,” Gonzalez said. ”For now all we need is for him to throw strikes and that’s mostly what he did.”
Joey Terdoslavich had a double and scored two runs for the Braves.
Alfredo Simon made his Tigers debut and didn’t allow a run while striking out one in two innings. He came over to the Tigers in an offseason trade with the Cincinnati Reds, where he went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season.
J.D. Martinez went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Tigers.
Braves: Gonzalez said he liked what he saw from Teheran in his first outing of the spring. ”He gives us a chance to win every time he’s on the mound,” Gonzalez said.
Tigers: Simon will take one of the vacancies left by Max Scherzer, who left for Washington as a free agent, and Rick Porcello who was traded. Simon said he likes being with the Tigers and was simply working on timing his first time out with the Tigers.
”It’s too early,” Simon said. ”I feel comfortable and everything worked pretty well today.”
Braves: LHP Mike Minor is experiencing shoulder discomfort and is out indefinitely. Gonzalez said he wouldn’t have the latest update on Minor until Monday.
Tigers: Jose Iglesias, who missed all of 2014 with stress fractures in both legs, sat out against the Braves. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he just wants Iglesias to take it slow. … Yoenis Cespedes sat out after being penciled into the starting lineup. Ausmus said it was for lower back tightness. . Ausmus said there is no timetable for the return of Miguel Cabrera to the lineup. Ausmus couldn’t guarantee that Cabrera would be ready for opening day after undergoing offseason ankle surgery. … Potential closer Bruce Rondon will face batters on Friday. He missed last season with a torn ligament in his left elbow.
Braves: Alex Wood will start for the Braves in Kissimmee against Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals.
Tigers: David Price will make his spring debut in Port St. Lucie against Matt Harvey and the New York Mets.