Pitchers audition as Tigers beat Yanks’ split squad 3-2

  LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — With at least two spots open on the Detroit Tigers’ staff, manager Brad Ausmus used nearly all his auditioning pitchers Thursday during a 3-2 win over a New York Yankees’ split squad.

   Knowing Justin Verlander (right triceps tightness) and Bruce Rondon (right shoulder tendinitis) will start the season on the disabled list, Ausmus used seven pitchers.

   Starter Angel Nesbitt pitched two scoreless innings in his bid to join David Price, Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene in the initial rotation until Verlander returns.

   Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell, who is headed to Triple-A Scranton, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Shortstop Didi Gregorius was 0 for 3 in his first game since he sprained his left wrist diving for a grounder Saturday. He grounded out, flied out and struck out.

   Detroit’s Anthony Gose was 1 for 2, increasing his average to .308. He impressed Ausmus, dashing from first to third on a sacrifice bunt.

   Slade Heathcott and John Ryan Murphy each had two hits for the Yankees.