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Evan Longoria had two hits in his second spring game in the Tampa Bay Rays' 11-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Longoria improved to 4 for 5 at the plate this spring after getting off to a late start following offseason back surgery.
Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer, Nick Castellanos had three hits with an RBI and Anibal Sanchez pitched three scoreless innings in his second start of the spring for Detroit. Jackson had two of the Tigers' 15 hits.
Castellanos, the Tigers' top prospect, is not likely to earn a spot on Opening Day, but the former first-round draft pick and left fielder continues to impress with six hits in nine at bats.
Sam Fuld, coming off an injury-marred 2012, hit a two-run triple for Tampa Bay.
Reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera contributed two hits for the Tigers, including an RBI double.
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Detroit ace Justin Verlander pitched three perfect innings Friday in the Tigers' 6-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Verlander fanned three, including a three-pitch strikeout of Mets star David Wright, who never swung during the at-bat.
Wright played his final game before leaving to join Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. He later hit an RBI single.
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