LAKELAND, FL – Eddie Bonine pitched four shutout innings to lift the Detroit Tigers past the Atlanta Braves, 4-1.
Bonine, who will pitch long relief for the Tigers this season, allowed one hit and struck out three, allowing no walks in his final spring outing. He was 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA for the Tigers last season after spending most of the year at Triple A Toledo.
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead, and Johnny Damon and Robinson Diaz each had two hits.
Two state lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bolster consumer protections for health insurance customers.
AUDIO: The proposal would allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26 and discourage insurance companies from cherry-picking customers based on pre-existing conditions.
A state panel has named an emergency financial manager to run the city of Benton Harbor. Governor Granholm declared a financial emergency in Benton Harbor in February.
AUDIO: State officials say Benton Harbor's financial troubles include a deficit that has been growing by double digits. The city asked for an emergency infusion of cash from the state last month to make its payroll.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is questioning why his main opponent in the Democratic race for governor isn't more supportive of the new federal health care law.
Bernero said in a Thursday news release that House Speaker Andy Dillon's measured support of the changes puts him close to being in the same camp as Republicans such as Attorney General Mike Cox, who's challenging the law in court. Cox also is running for governor.
EAST LANSING, MI – Former Michigan State defensive tackle Oren Wilson has been sentenced to 21 days in jail on misdemeanor assault and battery charges in connection with a Nov. 22 on-campus fight with fraternity members.
The 22-year-old also was ordered Wednesday to perform community service as part of his sentence. He's the last of 11 current or former Michigan State football players who pleaded guilty in the case to be sentenced.
Wilson was sentenced in East Lansing District Court.
LAKELAND, FL – Justin Verlander was roughed up for five runs, three earned, over 5 1-3 innings in his final start of spring training, though the Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Wednesday.
Verlander, who will face Kansas City's Zach Greinke on Monday, allowed 10 hits and walked two as his spring ERA ballooned to 5.48.
Verlander said he felt ready to go and was using the game to make adjustments he would not normally make in the regular season.