- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman was more relieved to be back on the mound than pleased with his two scoreless innings.

Bonderman made his first start since missing most of last season after having surgery to repair a circulatory condition in his shoulder and gave up two hits in the Tigers’ 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Bonderman’s return this spring was slowed by more soreness in the shoulder. At one point, he returned to Detroit to be examined by team physicians.

Veteran left-hander Dontrell Willis, who is trying to land the fifth spot in Detroit’s rotation, allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Braves starter Javier Vazquez worked 4 2-3 innings and allowed one run while striking out six.

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