Final

Dodgers 3

(16-13, 9-6 away)

Tigers 3

(19-10, 8-5 home)

1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2007

Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida 

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Tigers 3, Dodgers 3

Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers had a lot to be happy about Wednesday after playing to a 3-3 tie in an exhibition game.

Dodgers second baseman Ramon Martinez and center fielder Juan Pierre seemed to avoid serious injuries, and the Tigers had a good day, too, because they got through it healthy, Gary Sheffield hit his team-high fourth home run and they broke an attendance record at spring training.

In the first inning, Martinez hurt his right ankle and Pierre fouled a ball off his right leg.

"Very, very, very minor," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "(Martinez) just turned his ankle when he was coming across the base. He could've kept going. The same with Pierre.

"Both of those guys can play tomorrow night. That makes today a good day."

Sheffield, who was 3-for-3, crushed a three-run homer off Derek Lowe in the third inning.

"That's not the last home run Sheffield is going to hit," Lowe said. "He's going to make a huge impact in the middle of what was already a really good lineup.

"J.D. Drew led our team with 20 home runs last year, and they've got guys at the bottom of the lineup that hit more than that."

Lowe follows the Tigers closely.

He grew up in Dearborn, Mich., just outside of Detroit, and attended both of the Tigers' home games against St. Louis in the World Series.

"They didn't win, but I clearly think they were the best team," said Lowe, who helped Boston win the World Series in 2004. "In '04, if we would've beat New York four in a row and had seven days off like they did, I don't think you would've seen the same results."

Detroit's first trip to the World Series since 1984 spiked attendance in Lakeland, where a record 108,150 fans filled Joker Marchant Stadium with two home games remaining. The previous mark (107,507) was set in 1989.

"It means more to Mr. (Mike) Ilitch," joked Tigers manager Jim Leyland, referring to the team owner. "But it means something to me, too."

Lowe gave up three runs, seven hits and a walk over four innings.

"At this point of the spring, you just want to get out of your start healthy," said Lowe, who struck out four. "Getting guys hurt at this point is every team's fear."

Detroit starter Nate Robertson allowed three runs -- two earned -- four hits and a walk over five innings.

"He's made a great impression and I can't tell you how much I was impressed with him last year," Leyland said. "And, he's gotten better.

"He knows good things are going to happen. In the past, he was waiting for bad things to happen. He knows now he's good."

Game notes


Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra left the team Tuesday night to be with his wife, former soccer star Mia Hamm, and was in an airplane when their twin girls were born. "He was on a speaker phone with the delivery room speaking with Mia during the births," team spokesman Josh Rawitch said. ... Tigers backup C Vance Wilson (right elbow) was examined Wednesday, four days after leaving a game as a precaution and three days after saying he was healthy enough to play. ... Detroit LHP Edward Campusano had elbow surgery Tuesday. ... Grady said the Dodgers have not decided what to do with final cuts. "We still have a decision to make with a position player or two, and the last pitcher," he said. ... The teams did not play extra innings because the Dodgers were to fly home to play Thursday against the Angels.

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