Maine, Pelfrey look strong in loss

Maine, Pelfrey look strong in loss to Tigers

at Lakeland, Fla.
Wednesday, March 14

Mets at the plate: Former Tiger Mike DiFelice had two of the club's five hits. Carlos Beltran's first-inning double was the Mets' only extra-base hit of the day.

Tigers at the plate: Curtis Granderson fell a triple short of the rare Spring Training cycle. He hit his first home run of the spring -- a wind-aided, opposite-field shot to left-center leading off the bottom of the first inning -- had a bunt single and then doubled. He also had a stolen base. Marcus Thames hit a solo homer in the eighth to complete the scoring.

Mets on the mound: John Maine didn't give up another run after Granderson's leadoff shot. The right-hander retired seven consecutive batters from the first inning into the third, en route to four innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts. Mike Pelfrey, whom the Tigers had scouted before New York picked him just ahead of Detroit in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, followed with four innings of relief.

Tigers on the mound: It appears Kenny Rogers is getting the hang of facing the Mets. Beltran's double and two singles to third base were the only baserunners Rogers allowed over five innings in his second consecutive start against New York. Joel Zumaya, Fernando Rodney, Wilfredo Ledezma and Todd Jones each tossed a scoreless inning.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 5-10; Tigers 9-6-1.

Up next: The Tigers have their first night game of the spring scheduled for Thursday, when they travel to Viera to face the Nationals at 7:05 ET. Justin Verlander will start opposite Matt Chico. Zach Miner, Chad Durbin, Dennis Tankersley, Preston Larrison and Tim Byrdak are also slated to pitch. The positional roster for the trip includes Ivan Rodriguez, Sean Casey, Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen, Omar Infante, Craig Monroe and Thames. The Mets also have an evening tilt with a 7:10 ET game against the Red Sox at Port St. Lucie. Oliver Perez is scheduled to start opposite Josh Beckett. Billy Wagner, Scott Schoeneweis and Joe Smith are also on the pitching docket for New York. SportsNet New York will have the telecast.

Jason Beck is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.