LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Shelton is trying to rebound with the Detroit Tigers after going from April star to October no-show.
After missing the first week of spring training games because of a pulled stomach muscle, Shelton has three hits in two games following today's 4-to-4, eleven-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves.
Shelton had ten homers and 20 RBIs for the Tigers last April, then slumped and was sent to Triple-A Toledo. He had six major league homers after April and batted .211 during a late-season callup.
Braves starter John Smoltz was hit by Curtis Granderson's drive in the third. Smoltz, who caught the ball after it hit his chest, was on the ground for several minutes but stayed in the game and got the final out of the inning.
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said Smoltz was sore but shouldn't miss a start. Smoltz allowed three hits in three scoreless innings with a strikeout and no walks.
Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman allowed one hit in three innings, a homer by Craig Wilson. Wilson also tripled for the Braves, and Tony Pena had three hits.
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