Manoah struggles in first pre-season start

LAKELAND, Fla. – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah allowed four earned runs over 1 2/3 innings in his first start of the pre-season Tuesday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.

Manoah, who was demoted twice last season after an all-star campaign in 2022, hit three batters and allowed a walk and three hits in a 6-4 loss at Publix Field. He was pulled after 38 pitches.

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Ryan Vilade put the Tigers ahead with a two-run single in the eighth inning off Brandon Eisert (0-1), one of eight Toronto relievers on the day.

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Ernie Clement had three hits for the Blue Jays and Alan Roden hit a solo shot in the fourth inning. Daniel Vogelbach scored twice for Toronto (1-3).

Detroit starter Casey Mize allowed two runs and a hit over 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Drew Anderson (1-0) worked two scoreless frames for the victory.

Gio Urshela had two hits for the Tigers (2-1).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2024.

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