LAKELAND, Fla. Bruce Rondon remains a work in progress, as is the Tigers' bullpen.
In Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Rondon came on in the eighth inning with a 9-4 lead.
After getting a pop-out, Rondon gave up a single to Juan Rivera and a two-run home run to Ben Francisco. Jayson Nix doubled and Rondon's wild pitch allowed him to take third. But Rondon got Chris Stewart to ground out and then struck out Melky Mesa to end the threat.
As has happened before, the Yankees were hitting Rondon's electric fastball, not his other pitches.
No doubt a visit from pitching coach Jeff Jones helped to get Rondon back on track.
"He told me to calm down and to start off with the breaking ball," Rondon said through an interpreter after the game. "They were hitting my fastball so I was trying to mix in my other pitches, too."
The thing is, Rondon's breaking pitches are not always perfect, just what you'd expect from a 22-year-old rookie whose spring ERA is now 5.06.
"I think i...