Spring Training, Jacob Turner and More

Joker Marchant Stadium

Joker Marchant Stadium

I spent part of last week down in Lakeland, Florida watching some Tigers Spring Training games. I was able to attend two games, the first against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, March 8th and the second against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, March 10th. Each game sold out Joker Marchant Stadium and Florida came through with exceptional weather for both games. I was able to see many notable appearances / events (at least to me) in just those two games, including:

My only disappointments were not seeing any playing time from Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez, Jose Valverde, Rick Porcello or Justin Verlander. Many of whom I’ve seen before and will in the upcoming season – so I’m OK with it. Twenty-one photos after the jump.

Detroit Tigers vs Atlanta Braves

Carlos Guillen

Carlos Guillen headed to the dugout after taking some groundballs at 2B

Braves top prospect Jason Heyward

Braves top prospect Jason Heyward

Max Scherzer started the game against the Braves

Max Scherzer started the game against the Braves

Jason Heyward at-bat - He hit a long home run to right field

Jason Heyward at-bat - He hit a long home run to right field

Scherzer pulled from the game - He got only a single out that was due to an Omar Infante screw-up.

Scherzer pulled from the game - He got only a single out that was due to an Omar Infante screw-up.

Willis getting checked out after a pickoff attempt to first base

Willis getting checked out after a pickoff attempt to first base

The familiar Dontrelle Willis pitch delivery - You could tell he was energized on the mound.

The familiar Dontrelle Willis pitch delivery - You could tell he was energized on the mound.

Sizemore at-bat - Get use to this odd stance that feels similar to Ichiro

Scott Sizemore at-bat - Get use to this odd stance that feels similar to Ichiro

Gustavo Nunez at short and Brent Dlugach at 2B

Gustavo Nunez at shortstop and Brent Dlugach at second base

Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees

Jim Leyland and Joe Girardi chat during batting practice

Jim Leyland and Joe Girardi chat during batting practice

Curtis Granderson as a New York Yankee - He got quite the welcome reception for a Yankee

Curtis Granderson as a New York Yankee - He got quite the welcome reception for a Yankee

Ryan Streiby at first base - He was very large making it no surprise that his power has been impressing many this spring.

Ryan Streiby at first base - He was very large making it no surprise that his power has been impressing many this spring.

Austin Jackson chats with Gene Lamont while on 3rd base

Austin Jackson chats with Gene Lamont while on 3rd base

Tiger prospect Jacob Turner throws to his first batter

Tiger prospect Jacob Turner throws to his first batter

Curtis Granderson stands in the batters box waiting on the delivery by Jacob Turner

Curtis Granderson stands in the batters box waiting on the delivery by Jacob Turner

Jacob Turner concentrates while Curtis Granderson leads off of first base

Jacob Turner concentrates while Curtis Granderson leads off of first base

Another of Jacob Turner - He had a rather effortless delivery while hitting 94 with his fastball

Another of Jacob Turner - He had a rather effortless delivery while hitting 94 with his fastball

Audy Ciriaco catches an infield popup while playing third base.

Audy Ciriaco catches an infield popup while playing third base.

Audy Ciriaco at third base with Adam Everett at shortstop. Audy was surprisingly tall or maybe it was just in contrast to Nunez who was not.

Audy Ciriaco at third base with Adam Everett at shortstop. Audy was surprisingly tall or maybe it was just in contrast to Nunez who was not.

Daniel Schlereth looking home while Strieby holds the runner on first base. Schlereth had control problems this day.

Daniel Schlereth looking home while Strieby holds the runner on first base. Schlereth had control problems this day.

Gustavo Nunez slides into second on a Yankee double-play

Gustavo Nunez slides into second on a Yankee double-play

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One Response to Spring Training, Jacob Turner and More

  1. Jeffrey says:

    I don’t think you should worry about Max Scherzer. He will be very good this year. Proof:
    http://gameofinches.blogspot.com/2010/03/forecasting-max-scherzer-for-2010.html

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