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Tigers closer Joe Nathan gives up 4 runs in 9th

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Joe Nathan allowed four runs while only getting one out in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Nathan entered without having allowed a run in eight games. Jeff Mathis, who went 4 for 5, had a tiebreaking two-run double for Miami.

"Joe was fine," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It didn't mean anything. He's throwing as well as he has all spring. Nothing of concern."

Nathan, who was signed after saving 43 games for the Texas Rangers, allowed three hits and walked one, with one strikeout.

Jacob Turner allowed one run in six innings for the Marlins. He gave up three hits and struck out five. The Marlins' Mathis and Giancarlo Stanton homered off Drew Smyly.

Smyly pitched five innings, walking three, and yielding eight hits.


Marlins: Turner had his longest stint of the spring, and said he's ready for the regular season.

"I fell into a little bit of a rut in the fourth inning, but I felt better," Turner said. "I feel like I can go six or seven (innings) right now. I'd be ready if the season started today."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond likes what he's seen of Turner this spring.

"He has been pitching great," Redmond said. "He's been very efficient. He's been ahead in the count and I really like him."

Tigers: Smyly gave up the two home runs and said he still feels fine trying to go from a relief pitcher to a starter.

"My arm feels fine," Smyly said. "I got behind a couple of times and you can't do that, but I got the outs. I could have gone more than five innings, but I am happy with where I am."


Marlins: OF Marcell Ozuna suffered a cramp in his left leg during the fifth inning, but Redmond downplayed it.

"He was coming out of the game anyway," he said.

Tigers: IF Don Kelly left after the first inning with a left hamstring strain. He will be checked Monday, and Ausmus said Kelly was day-to-day.


New shortstop Andrew Romine made his first appearance in a Tigers uniform, going 0-for-4. The Tigers got Romine in a trade with the Angels for LHP Jose Alvarez. Romine, who batted .259 in 47 games for the Angels last season, was brought in to replace Jose Iglesias who is out for the season with stress fractures in both legs.

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