Eveland sharp as Jays tie up Tigers
Lefty whiffs eight in six innings; Hill rips two-run double
BLUE JAYS 2, TIGERS 2 (9 innings)
at Dunedin, Fla.
Monday, March 29
Blue Jays at the plate: Toronto was held hitless until the sixth inning, when shortstop John McDonald, right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Aaron Hill each connected for consecutive one-out hits. McDonald singled, Bautista doubled and Hill drove in both runners with a two-run double to the left-center-field gap.
Tigers at the plate: Detroit's lineup was unable to break through until the seventh, when left fielder Jeff Larish reached on a fielder's choice and then scored on a single from designated hitter Alex Avila. Center fielder Don Kelly and Avila each contibuted two hits in the game, while third baseman Brandon Inge added a double. Miguel Cabrera doubled to the center-field wall to score Scott Sizemore and tie the game in the eighth.
Blue Jays on the mound: Left-hander Dana Eveland, who is trying to work his way into Toronto's rotation or bullpen, continued his strong spring showing. Eveland allowed no runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over six innings. Lefty Jesse Carlson allowed one unearned run in one inning in his first Grapefruit League appearance since March 5 due to a left-knee issue.
Tigers on the mound: Right-hander Rick Porcello -- Detroit's No. 2 starter -- carried a no-hitter into the sixth, retiring 16 of the first 17 hitters he faced. Porcello wound up allowing two runs on three hits, finishing with two strikeouts, no walks and 11 groundouts over his six innings. He threw 72 pitches. Joel Zumaya retired two batters in the seventh in the first of back-to-back outings for the reliever.
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Worth noting: Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow worked through a 52-pitch simulated game at the club's Minor League complex Monday. Morrow faced 14 batters, retiring 12. He allowed one hit, issued one walk and struck out four. Morrow had missed his previous two starts due to a sore right shoulder, but he said he felt great and remains optimistic about his chances of being ready for Opening Day. ... Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay, who suffered a left knee contusion in a collision with Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford on Friday, was a late scratch. Overbay is still feeling sore after the incident.
Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 10-11-1; Tigers 14-10-1.
Up next: On Tuesday, the Jays will square off against the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski will start for Toronto, giving him a chance to make a late push for a spot in the rotation. Bullpen candidates Casey Janssen and Shawn Camp are also scheduled to pitch.
Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman will make their final starts Tuesday before the Tigers decide their 2010 rotation and whether those two are in it. Willis will travel with the rest of the team to Sarasota, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. matchup against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Meanwhile, Bonderman will pitch for Triple-A Toledo at 1 p.m. at Tigertown.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.