ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Doug Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams on Saturday.
Fister, scheduled to pitch the Tigers’ home opener Friday against the New York Yankees, had four strikeouts. Brayan Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Jamey Wright.
Matt Moore allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five in four scoreless innings for the Rays. James Loney connected in the fifth inning and Ryan Roberts in the sixth against Fister.
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Tampa Bay hosts Baltimore in its regular-season opener Tuesday. The Tigers start the new season Monday at Minnesota, where temperatures are expected to be in the 30’s.