- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

LAKELAND, FLA. (AP) - Zach Miner’s bid for a spot in Detroit’s rotation isn’t going as well as he had hoped, and he’s getting a little dejected.

The 27-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and five hits with three walks in three innings Monday but steadied himself after a dismal start in the Tigers’ 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

A year ago, Miner posted career highs in wins (eight), appearances (45) and innings (118). But he entered Monday’s game 1-2 this spring with a 9.00 ERA in four appearances.

Miner has allowed 14 runs in his last 11 innings, even though he says he’s pitching about as well as he did in 2008. He seemed concerned after his latest outing that his chances at landing a starting job were slipping away.

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