Doug Fister had a positive exhibition finish in preparation for his first regular-season start, against the New York Yankees.
Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams on Saturday.
''I thought he pitched really well,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ''He commanded much better. Used his pitches, changed speeds.''
Fister, scheduled to pitch the Tigers' home opener Friday, had four strikeouts. Brayan Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Jamey Wright.
''It's another step in the right direction for me,'' Fister said. ''I felt like today was much better timing wise and just that feel, working on a few pitches here and there. Just trying to get fine-tuned ready for six days from now.''
The right-hander entered with 6.52 ERA over his previous six spring training games.
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