Tigers 18, Braves 3

Julio Teheran’s spring debut was hardly a breeze.

Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta’s rotation, Teheran was tagged

for six home runs in just two innings and the Detroit Tigers

connected nine times overall Sunday in romping past the Braves

18-3.

With a strong wind blowing out to right field, the Tigers teed

off against Teheran and the Braves. Prince Fielder homered and Ryan

Raburn hit two shots, including a grand slam.

”It was a tough day for anyone to pitch,” Braves manager Fredi

Gonzalez said. ”With the conditions we had today, I am not about

to count anyone out. When the wind is blowing the way it was today,

all you are asking for is trouble.”

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he could understand what Teheran

was going through, too.

”This was just one of those silly games,” he said.

”Everything hit into the wind toward right field helped. It was

just a freak thing. We just kept hitting everything to right field

so that doesn’t say anything about (Teheran). I don’t like winning

games like that.”

The post-1900 record for homers allowed in a major league

regular season game, by the way, is six. That’s happened eight

times, most recently by Tampa Bay’s James Shields in 2010 against

Toronto, STATS LLC said. Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey also are on

the list.

Teheran allowed only five homers while going 15-3 at Triple-A

Gwinnett last season. He had a rougher time in the majors, giving

up four homers in 19 2-3 innings.

With Atlanta ace Tim Hudson out until May with a back injury,

there are at least two openings on the Braves’ staff and Teheran is

near the top of the list to get one.

Alex Avila’s homer helped the Tigers take a four-run lead in the

first against Randall Delgado. Teheran took over in the second and

Raburn and Brennan Boesch homered.

In the third, Prince Fielder homered into the wind and Delmon

Young followed with another drive Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson

followed with two more and the Braves led 11-0 after three.

Fielder said he didn’t need any help from the elements.

”None of my homers are ever wind-aided,” he laughed. ”They

don’t have to be.”

Teheran gave up six hits total, all home runs. Gonzalez said

pitching coach Roger McDowell will have a talk with Teheran, and

that the 21-year-old righty will throw on the side before his next

appearance.

”I just want to see how he will handle things his next time

out,” Gonzalez said. ”His confidence is the last thing I am

thinking about right now. He’ll be fine.”

Max Scherzer made his spring debut for the Tigers and allowed

three hits in two scoreless innings. Closer Jose Valverde pitched a

shutout inning.

NOTES: Tigers star Victor Martinez was in camp for the first

time since tearing a knee ligament while doing agility drills in

January. He said he was ”crushed” by having to miss the season.

ACL surgery is scheduled for April 4. … The Tigers signed utility

player Marcus Lemon to a minor league contract. Lemon, 23, is the

son of Chet Lemon, who spent nine years with the Tigers as an

outfielder. … Cy Young winner and AL Most Valuable Player Justin

Verlander will make his spring debut on Monday against the Toronto

Blue Jays. … Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, who had a one-car

accident on his way to camp and sustained a mild concussion, has

resumed his throwing program. … Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman is

day-to-day with his injured right kneecap. … Jair Jurrjens will

start for the Braves on Monday against Houston.