Pudge's two homers pace Tigers
Catcher leads Majors in spring taters; Renteria drives in four
TIGERS 11, ASTROS 4
at Lakeland, Fla.
Wednesday, March 12
Astros at the plate: Lance Berkman opened Houston's scoring in the second inning with a solo homer. Jose Cruz Jr. had two doubles, including an RBI double in a two-run seventh.
Tigers at the plate: Playing with their projected Opening Day lineup for the first time this spring, the Tigers smacked four home runs and four doubles over the first four innings. Ivan Rodriguez homered twice to run away with the Spring Training lead at six. Edgar Renteria and Placido Polanco added homers, and Renteria drove in four runs.
Astros on the mound: Woody Williams' spring struggles continued for a second consecutive start by allowing eight runs on 10 hits over three innings, including four home runs. Former Tiger Brian Moehler followed with one run allowed over three innings.
Tigers on the mound: Kenny Rogers became the first Detroit pitcher to go five innings in a game this spring, recovering from his second-inning trouble to retire the final 10 batters he faced. Virgil Vasquez gave up two runs in as many innings.
Grapefruit League records: Astros 6-10; Tigers 11-5-1.
Up next for the Tigers: The Tigers stay home in Lakeland, Fla., to host the Atlanta Braves in a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday. Jeremy Bonderman is scheduled to make his fourth start of the spring opposite Jo-Jo Reyes.
Up next for the Astros: The Astros will host the Dodgers on Thursday at Osceola County Stadium, beginning at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on MLB.TV and will feature two right-handers -- Houston's Shawn Chacon and the Los Angeles' Hiroki Kuroda. Closer Jose Valverde is also slated to appear.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.