DUNEDIN. Fla. -- Jeremy Bonderman struggled with his control again, and this time it hurt him.
Bonderman failed to make it out of the first inning in his second spring start, yielding Randy Ruiz's grand slam in the Detroit Tigers' 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday."Rough day, to say the least," Bonderman said. "I'm just having a hard time with sinkers running off the plate and diving and staying down, which is good. But I've got to figure a way to throw consistently where I want. I was trying to throw it over the plate."When he got it over the plate, "it was right down the middle," he said.Bonderman recorded just two outs and was charged with six runs and six hits. Jose Bautista connected for a leadoff homer, Ruiz went deep and Travis Snyder hit his 36th and last pitch for a sacrifice fly.Bonderman missed most of the last two year because of a blood clot in his right shoulder that required surgery. He is entering the final season of a $38 million, four-year contract."There's five, six guys fighting for two jobs," said Bonderman, who won 14 games in 2005 and 2006. "Until (manager Jim Leyland) comes up to me and says 'It's your job,' I don't think I have a job. Just 'cause you're under a contract doesn't mean anything."Bonderman threw two shutout innings against Toronto on Wednesday but wasn't satisfied with his control."I fell behind guys and got lucky and made good pitches and was able to get guys out," he said. "This time I fell behind and walked them or put the ball over the plate too much."Brian Tallet had a rough outing in his spring debut for Toronto, yielding four runs and four hits in two innings.Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Strieby connected for consecutive homers in the first for Detroit. Tallet issued both of his walks before Johnny Damon's RBI single in the second."I gave up those two home runs but I was throwing strikes," Tallet said. "I walked those two guys and that's just mentally staying sharp. That's the one thing I've got to do, throw strikes. The only times I got in trouble last year was when I would get behind guys."Manager Cito Gaston said Tallet is going to get an opportunity to make Toronto's rotation. The left-hander has "been very durable for us," Gaston said.
The Blue Jays reassigned C Travis D'Arnaud, C Matt Liuzza and RHP Daniel Farquhar to their minor league camp. ... Toronto LHP Brett Cecil said he will make his spring debut Wednesday against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, one week after cutting his left thumb while "chopping up chickens." ... The Blue Jays visit the Astros on Monday, with LHP Ricky Romero scheduled to face Houston RHP Bud Norris. ... RHP Max Scherzer is expected to start for the Tigers against visiting Atlanta in Lakeland.
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