Facing the Orioles with a split squad, Detroit relied on prospects Casper Wells, Adam Wilk and Charlie Furbush at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The youngsters delivered en route to a 9-1 victory.
Wells enjoyed a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. He homered, doubled twice and singled, driving in two runs and scoring two. His first-inning double and solo homer in the third came at the expense of Brian Matusz, and in the fifth, he got to Minor Leaguer Michael Ballard with an RBI two-bagger. His final hit of the day was off David Riske.
A 14th-rounder from the 2005 Draft, Wells is a two-time Arizona Fall League Rising Showcase selectee. After hitting 21 homers and 22 doubles in 103 Triple-A games last year, he got into 36 big league games and posted a .323 average with the Tigers. His homer Sunday was his second of the spring, and he has a .533 on-base percentage in Florida thus far.
Wilk, who was 11-5 with a 2.75 ERA across Class A Advanced and Double-A last year, made his first Grapefruit League start, although he'd already turned in three scoreless relief appearances this year. He gave up one hit -- a leadoff single to Vladimir Guerrero in the second -- and picked up a strikeout over three shutout frames.
Wilk did not allow a walk, and he's handed out just one free pass in nine Spring Training innings.
Charlie Furbush, who struck out 103 batters and was a Florida State League All-Star in 2010, relieved Wilk in the fourth. He gave up a homer to J.J. Hardy, the first batter he faced, but didn't allow another run in his outing.
He picked up five strikeouts and allowed two hits and a walk over three innings.
Tigers' Minor Leaguers Brayan Villarreal and Chris Oxspring each delivered a scoreless inning of work, and Cale Iorg was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Patrick Leyland, the son of Detroit skipper Jim Leyland and an eighth-rounder from last year, was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.