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Smyly throws 5 scoreless innings

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws during the second inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Lakeland, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws during the second inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Lakeland, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Don Kelly hit a grand slam and Austin Jackson and Ian Kinsler also homered to lead a Detroit Tigers' split squad over the Toronto Blue Jays 18-4 Tuesday.

Drew Smyly allowed two hits in five scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

"I liked what I saw from Drew today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He had his cutter going, and it was another good outing for him. He also went against most of the Jays' starting lineup. That was important."

Smyly, who didn't pitch more than two innings in any of his 63 outings last season, said he is still concerned about raising his pitch count before heading north.

"I still have a couple of weeks to go," Smyly said. "I am anxious to get moving but it's about time to keep patient and stretch it all out."

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