Ryan Langerhans homered and six pitchers combined on a two-hitter for the Braves, who continued their tradition of opening spring training against Georgia Tech or Georgia. Atlanta has never lost, improving to 20-0 against college competition with their 5-0 victory Wednesday afternoon.
Matt Harrison, one of Atlanta's top pitching prospects, gave up a single leading off the second, but struck out three during his two-inning stint. Jose Ascanio and Kevin Barry each worked two innings for the Braves, with Barry getting the win. Jonathan Johnson, Anthony Lerew and Joey Devine finished up with one inning apiece, combining for 14 K's.
New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez has such precise control, that he hit a Sports Illustrated photographer on the leg with one of his warmup pitches. He walked only one batter in two innings, but gave up four runs and five hits as the Mets lost 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers in their Spring Training opener.
Perez was 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA in seven regular-season starts last year with the Mets, who acquired him from Pittsburgh. He is a terrible 3-13 with a career 6.55 ERA in 22 major league starts.
Sean Casey went 1-for-2 with a double, and Marcus Thames had two hits, including a double.
Julio Franco hit a two-run single for the Mets, but Chad Durbin pitched two shutout innings without allowing a hit for Detroit. Durbin and Zach Miner both smoked a batter.
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