Friday, March 20, 2009

March madness

Dontrelle Willis allowed 7 hits and 2 walks, leading to 5 runs (4 earned) in 2.2 innings yesterday. Word on is Willis returned to his old delivery in his final inning and that maybe something positive will come from it. Hard to imagine Dontrelle getting it back together at this point.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Bonderman got good reviews for 2 shutout innings. And today, Nate Robertson tossed 4 innings of shutout ball, whiffing 5 while allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk. Robertson fired 3 innings of 1-hit ball last Saturday. Plus, Justin Verlander threw 6 sharp innings his most recent time to the mound. Maybe things are turning around for the starters?

A few weeks ago, we noted a story about Brandon Inge's new approach at the plate. Here is an update on Inge's efforts this spring: .294/.400/.559 in 34 ABs.

New catcher Gerald Laird is batting .360/.407/.640 in 25 ABs.

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