Tigers 8, Royals 4
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) _ If the Kansas City Royals are learning anything from this unsual spring, it might be that blood lines don’t count for much in replacement baseball.
On the other hand, good genes didn’t hurt the Detroit Tigers in their 8-4 victory, sending the Royals to their fourth straight defeat Monday.
Right-hander Orlando Lind, 0-1, started for the Royals. He is the younger brother of Royals’ second baseman Jose Lind, but that didn’t do him much good against the Tiger.
Lind, whose only other start this spring was against Stetson University, gave up four runs on six hits, including successive RBI doubles by Manuel Garcia and Tom Dunbar in Detroit’s three-run third.
Detroit second baseman Paul Blair Jr., 30, is the son of Paul Blair, a former outfield great for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Even though he hasn’t played since 1991, the younger Blair is still a cut above many of the replacement players.
He went from first to third on a hit-and-run single by Garcia in the first, putting himself in position to score the Tigers’ first run on a Kansas City error.
In the Kansas City sixth, Blair started a spectacular inning-ending double play. Blair dove behind the bag and stretched out to snare a grounder by Jeff Schulz. Still on his stomach, he backhanded the ball to shortstop Jim Givens who stepped on the bag to force Dwayne Lewis, then made a good throw to complete the twin-killing.
That brought a nice round of applause from the fans. The crowd was announced as 2,000 at Marchant Stadium. Estimates made it closer to 1,400 fans, but those on hand seemed to enjoy themselves in perfect weather.
It was the second straight win for the Tigers (2-2) who got eight-hit pitching from five pitchers, plus some unexpected defense. It was the first game this spring in which the Tigers didn’t make an error. The Royals had three.
Brett Wyngarden had two doubles and Glenn Sullivan a triple for Detroit. Schulz had a two-run homer for the Royals, keying a three-run eighth off Alan Fowlkes. Rich Capparelli, 1-0, checked the Royals on one hit over the first three innings.