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Lakeland, Fla. – The Tigers’ last roster battle of the spring, at least as of Thursday, was between right-handers Lendy Castillo and Logan Kensing for the final bullpen spot.

Both pitched two innings in the 10-6 win over the Yankees. Kensing started, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. He didn’t walk anybody.

Castillo gave up a two-run homer to Austin Romine (Andrew Romine’s brother) in his two innings. He also walked a batter.

“Castillo is more of a power pitcher and Kensing is more of an experienced veteran,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Asked if a third pitcher could get involved in the battle, Ausmus said, “I guess it’s conceivable but we’re getting a little short on time for that.”

Around the horn

Left-hander Kyle Ryan was supposed to start. He was scratched Wednesday because he was ill, and even though he felt better and tried to go through his pre-game routine, he was too weak. Ausmus said he could pitch Friday.

… Victor Martinez homered in his first game against Major League pitching since March 14. He went 1-for-4. He had been out with a mild hamstring strain.

… Justin Verlander and girlfriend Kate Upton hosted their annual adopt-a-pet day before the game, raising money for Grand Slam Adoption. Seven of the 15 dogs that were shown were adopted.

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