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Tigers 9

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Phillies 1

(0-1, 0-1 home)

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    Detroit 9, Philadelphia 1

    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.

    Manuel's debut was ruined when Cory Lidle gave up three runs in the first and Brett Myers gave up another three in the third.

    "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 it."

    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."

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