Tigers 15

(10-8, 4-4 away)

Pirates 2

(9-10, 5-4 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 22, 2005

    McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Florida 

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    Detroit 15, Pittsburgh 2

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- On a day Detroit's offense couldn't have been much better and Pittsburgh's defense couldn't have been much worse, the Tigers were most excited about another excellent start by Jeremy Bonderman.

    Craig Monroe drove in five runs by hitting two of Detroit's five homers during a 21-hit game and Bonderman limited the Pirates to one hit over five scoreless innings in the Tigers' 15-2 romp Tuesday.

    Bonderman, coming off a strong finish to the 2004 season that saw him win five of his final eight starts, has allowed only three hits over eight shutout innings in his last two starts. He has a 2.00 ERA in five starts.

    "He was unbelievable," first baseman Carlos Pena said. "He was mowing people down. That was amazing what he did today. He just dominated."

    Pitching coach Bob Cluck said Bonderman is smoothing out a changeup that has become more than just an extra pitch and is also spotting his curveball exceptionally well.

    "It's no longer a work in progress," Cluck said of the changeup.

    Despite his team's worst performance of the spring, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon didn't seem overly upset about a miserable afternoon that featured several base running mistakes, dropped fly balls, botched pickoff plays and awful pitching.

    Starting pitcher Mark Redman seemed more upset than his manager after allowing eight hits and five runs in five innings, saying, "Speaking for myself and the whole team, we have to be more aggressive. Errors cost runs, and runs cost ballgames -- we have to nip it in the bud and get after it."

    Redman didn't help himself, allowing opposing pitcher Bonderman's single to start a four-run third inning. Redman also was late covering first base after apparently picking off Nook Logan. After Rondell White singled in a run, Monroe hit a three-run drive to make it 5-0.

    "I was ahead in the count ... and I went with my third pitch, a backdoor curveball, and just said, `Hey, let me work on this,' " Redman said. "You know it's not your best pitch to throw in that count and you need to put him away."

    Monroe, who was 3-for-6, also hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Joe Roa that carried over the Boys and Girls Club behind the left-field wall.

    But it was the mental mistakes that bothered Redman, who was similarly upset last season with Oakland when shortstop Bobby Crosby failed to make a relay throw to complete a double play during a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on July 17.

    Crosby didn't want to risk making a bad throw when he didn't have a good grip, but that didn't prevent Redman from throwing his arms up in disgust. That irritated Crosby, who was later chosen as the AL rookie of the year.

    "You never do that on the field. I knew the play should've been made. Everybody in the stadium knew the play should've been made," Crosby said. "It doesn't mean you throw your arms up and look at me."

    Redman allowed three home runs in that game. He allowed two homers Tuesday, including White's solo shot in the first.

    Game notes

    Pittsburgh OF Jason Bay, last season's NL rookie of the year, resumed swinging the bat Tuesday for the first time since bruising a bone in his left wrist on March 8 and is optimistic he'll be ready to travel north with the Pirates for opening day, April 4. ... Mike Hessman and Tony Giarratano also homered for Detroit, which scored 10 or more runs for the third time in six games. ... Pirates catching prospect Ryan Doumit hit his fifth homer and Graham Koonce his third, both off reliever Doug Creek in the eighth. ... The Tigers scored seven runs in the ninth. ... Detroit has 28 homers in 20 games. ... Bonderman went 2-for-2.

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