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Tigers' Willis has solid Triple-A start

Updated: May 6, 2009, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Dontrelle Willis took a step in his recovery from anxiety disorder, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing two runs for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday night.

Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year with Florida, gave up five hits -- including a homer -- walked four and struck out four in 7 2/3 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 26-year-old left-hander threw 74 of 118 pitches for strikes. Willis had given up only an infield single until ...

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