Detroit Tigers bats slumber till 6th inning in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

DUNDEIN, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Thursday at TD Ballpark, dropping to 5-6 (with two ties) in Grapefruit League play.

What happened

Right-hander Matt Manning started for the Tigers and allowed three runs across three innings, while Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah countered with four scoreless innings in an efficient start.

The Tigers’ offense didn’t score until the sixth inning, when Eric Haase hit a solo home run to left field against righty reliever Julian Merryweather.

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It was Haase’s second homer this spring.

Outfielder Riley Greene, playing right field instead of center , had a web gem in the first inning, robbing extra bases from Bo Bichette with a diving catch. Wind speeds were more than 20 mph, and the ball was hit with a 107.4 mph exit velocity. Then, Greene showcased his strong arm with a throw to hold George Springer at second base.

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