LAKELAND, Fla. -- Darin Downs made it impossible for the Tigers to leave him off the roster.
Very quietly, Downs has been one of the nicest Grapefruit League stories.
After another scoreless 1 13 innings Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, Downs' spring ERA was a minuscule 0.64 with an equally tiny 0.86 WHIP. He's struck out 16 and walked three in 14 innings.
The other impressive thing about Downs, which is harder to quantify, is the way he's approached this camp, even when his situation was in doubt.
"I just try to put my right foot forward and just really control what I can control, good or bad, and just keep moving forward," he said earlier in the week.
The Tigers announced Thursday morning that Downs, a lefty, and right-hander Brayan Villarreal had won the last two bullpen spots.
"He (Downs) has thrown the ball very well," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We liked him last year, what he did for us. It looked like he came in (this spring...