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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Jeanmar Gomez delivers against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Jeanmar Gomez delivers against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out at first base, as Detroit's Prince Fielder takes a throw after a flyball out Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out at first base, as Detroit's Prince Fielder takes a throw after a flyball out Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis prepares to throw out the first pitch before the Pirates' game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Lewis grew up in Lakeland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis prepares to throw out the first pitch before the Pirates' game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Lewis grew up in Lakeland.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates designated hitter Travis Snider singles against the Orioles on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates designated hitter Travis Snider singles against the Orioles on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Detroit's Dixon Machado turns a double play while avoiding Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Detroit's Dixon Machado turns a double play while avoiding Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.

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Saturday's result

Tigers 4, Pirates 1

Pirates starter: Jeanmar Gomez 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO

Tigers starter: Drew Smyly 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

MVP stuff: Miguel Cabrera punished the prospect Gomez with a towering, two-run homer to right. Bright spot for Gomez was six groundouts.

No hero: Jerry Sands stepped to the plate in the seventh with a big chance, bases loaded and one out, as the tying run. But he bounced into a double play.

Whoa there:Starling Marte can fly, but he went well past halfway between first and second and was doubled up on a shallow pop by Alex Presley in the fourth.

Stock up:Projected setup men Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes each pitched a perfect inning of relief, pounding the ball low in the zone.

Stock down:Josh Harrison's 0-for-2 left him hitless in 10 spring at-bats, and he committed his third error by muffing a routine grounder to second.

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