CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Lofton doubled and threw out a
baserunner in his debut for Philadelphia, but that was just about
the only thing that went right for Charlie Manuel in his first game
as Phillies manager.
Rondell White had three hits and Dewayne Wise homered for the
Tigers in the teams' Grapefruit League opener Thursday to help
Detroit rout Philadelphia 9-1.
The Phillies acquired Lofton from the New York Yankees in
December for reliever Felix Rodriguez. Lofton started in center,
scored the lone Phillies run and threw out Carlos Pena attempting
to go from first to third on White's RBI single in the first.
"It's just good to start playing," said Manuel, who replaced
the fired Larry Bowa. "The pitchers just didn't have command."
The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings to give
starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman a comfortable cushion.
"It was just good to get on the mound and compete again,"
Bonderman said. "I threw a lot of changeups, which I've been
working on. I was happy because I got some strikes and outs with
Bonderman was so efficient that Detroit manager Alan Trammell
had to alter his pitching plan to get the right-hander a full
workload. Bonderman was scheduled to throw 40 pitches in two
innings, but his pitch count was so low that Trammell sent him back
to the mound for a 1-2-3 third inning.
"I couldn't ask for a better start," Trammell said. "That
would put a smile on any manager's face when you play a good, crisp
game in every area."
Wise, who was dropped from the 40-man roster when the Tigers
signed outfielder Magglio Ordonez last month, is trying to find a
roster spot in a crowded Detroit outfield.
"Dewayne is making a case for himself," said Trammell, who
batted the former Brave in the leadoff spot. "That's what we want.
There was a lot to like."