Tigers 9, Reds 7
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP)—Nate Robertson looks to be ready for the season.
Robertson gave up one hit and two walks in 2 2-3 scoreless innings. Manager Jim Leyland decided to take him out of the game after he gave up a double to Ryan Freel.
“Nate Robertson really threw the ball great,” Leyland said. “He got a little tired. I went out to see if he was O.K.”
“Instead of executing my pitches, I tried to overdo it,” Harang said.
Polanco followed his first homer of spring training with a single in the third, giving him a streak of reaching base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances. He flied out his next time up.
Vance Wilson added a solo homer in the sixth off Michael Gosling.
Ken Griffey Jr. took batting practice for the second consecutive day. Griffey broke his left hand while wrestling with his children in December. He hit off a pitcher for the first time on Wednesday, facing Kyle Lohse. “Griffey had some soreness,” manager Jerry Narron said. “It was his first live batting practice and he looked like he hasn’t played any.” Griffey will let Narron know when he’s ready to play. … The Reds renewed the contract of 2B Brandon Phillips, who gets $407,500 while in the majors and $196,200 while in the minors. “We have a great deal of respect for Wayne Krivsky,” agent Sam Levinson said. “This time it is a simple, professional disagreement. Brandon will not allow the contract issue to affect his performance on the field.” … Reds RHP Dustin Hermanson, signed to a minor league deal, is ready to pitch in a game, Narron said. Hermanson has been throwing in the bullpen since he signed on March 1. The Reds will give him a chance to earn a spot in the bullpen, possibly as the closer.