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Posted on: 04-19-2009

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    Tiger rookie starter Rick Porcello had
to wait nine days between his first and
second major league starts because of
Tuesday's home rainout.
    It was well worth the wait as Porcello
dominated the Mariners Sunday afternoon,
retiring the final 14 batters he faced to get
his first big league win (1-1).
    Detroit downed Seattle 8-2 to take 2-of-3
in the weekend series from what had been
the hottest club in the American League.
    Porcello threw 86-pitches/56-strikes in his 7-IP, scattering 5-H with 0-W
and 3-K. Mixing a fastball, sinker, curveball and changeup, Porcello induced 11
ground balls producing 13 of the 21 outs while Porcello was on the hill including
a pair of Tiger double-plays. Porcello made just one mistake and it was jacked
for a solo homerun, the third longball he's served up in his two Tiger starts.
    Meantime, the Tiger batters picked on one of their favorite victims,
Seattle starter Carlos Silva, who gave up 4-R in his 5-IP and 94-pitches for the
loss (0-2).  
   The Tigers went ahead 1-0/T-2nd when Josh Anderson hit a 1-out double to
the RField corner, stole third and scored on a groundball RBI-1B to LField by
Ramon Santiago.
    The Mariners countered in the B-3rd when lead-off man Ronny Cedeno (#1)
clubbed Porcello's hanging 1-2 breaking ball to the walkway beyond the Tiger
bullpen in LField for a solo homer to tie the contest.
    Detroit jumped right back on top in the T-4th when a walk to Miguel Cabrera
and a pair of hits began the inning, including an RBI-2B by Brandon Inge. Carlos
Guillen (who'd singled) scored from third on a wild pitch. Santiago then squeeze-
bunted Inge home when Silva's backhand toss to the plate was too late. The
3-R/T-4th made it 4-1 Tigers.
    Detroit missed a chance to blow the game open in the T-6th when all they got
out of a bases-loaded, 1-out situation was an RBI-1B by Anderson for a 5-1 score.
    The Tigers didn't let a similar opportunity get away in the T-8th. A pair of
errors on consecutive plays by M's Stop Yuniesky Betancourt opened the door
and Santiago responded with a 3r2B on a flyball to LCField that a bounced off
wall to make it 8-1.
    Fellow rookie RHander Ryan Perry tyook over for Porcello in the B-8th and
got the first two Mariners out, making it 16 straight M's who were retired.      
Perry started the inning by fanning Jamie Burke, but yielded a pair of 2-out
singles including an infield bouncer to 1Base by Ichiro Suzuki where Perry was
tardy covering the bag. Bobby Seay replaced Perry and gave up an RBI-1B to
Endy Chavez to put the score at 8-2 before Seay got Ken Griffey Jr. to
groundout and end the frame.
    Brandon Lyon worked a scoreless B-9th to put the nail in the Mariner coffin.
    Santiago went 2-for-3 with a career-high 5-RBI. Anderson & Cabrera
were both 2-for-4, Cabrera scoring 3-R. Guillen went 2-for-5.
    Ichiro & Chavez both were 2-for-4 for Seattle.
    Detroit improved to 7-5 after winning 6-of-8.

     DET     8-12-0, 7-LOB     (W) Porcello, 1-1
     SEA      2-10-2, 6-LOB     (L) Silva, 0-2


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "He commanded the strike zone pretty good. He went
right after them. He threw strikes. He challenged them. They hadn't seen him before;
that always a big advantage. I thought he pitched very well...He looked like he belonged
there. He still looks a little green at times but you expect that. This is a project.
Obviously the stuff is there, so we'll take it from there and see what happens...Two
times (using the squeeze-bunt) in one series for me -- that won't happen very often.
I don't like the play, I never have...I said in spring training that Santiago would be a
key player for us."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   "It feels good...Right from the start I think I was a little
bit more calm (than in his first start at Toronto)...Attack the strike zone...Keep the
ball down...Keep attacking hitters...I think I did an OK job of it and it workled out
pretty well...It's pretty special for me to be here right now. But once you're here, it
doesn't matter ages or anything like that. You have a job to do, and focus on that."

TIGERS SSTOP RAMON SANTIAGO:   "I think (Porcello's outing) was a pretty good
performance. He's got the stuff of a 25-year-old."

MARINERS SP CARLOS SILVA:   "I think I only had one bad inning, but at this level one bad
inning will cost you the game."

    Porcello received the traditional shaving cream smush to the face during his first
live post-game interview in the majors on the FSND post-game show.
    Adam Everett's illness gave Ramon Santiago his fifth consecutive start at SStop Sunday.
    Cedeno's dinger was the only homerun by either team in the 3-game weekend series.
    In Silva's last four starts against Detroit he's been tagged for 23-ER in 14.2-IP.
    Following a Monday off-day the Tigers make the second stop on their
three city road trip by opening a 3-game series at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
late Tuesday night. RHPs Armando Galarraga (2-0), Justin Verlander (0-2) and Edwin
Jackson (1-0) are scheduled to start for Detroit. The Halos will counter with RHP Jered
Weaver (1-1), LHP Joe Saunders (2-1) and LHP Darren Oliver (ND).

    The Toledo Mud Hens fell to 0-2 on Sundays in an 8-3 season start by
dropping a 7-5 decision at Columbus Sunday afternoon.
    RHP Chris Lambert, who flirted with a No-Hitter in his previous start,
was roughed-up this time and yielded 5-R/5-ER on 9-H & 1-W in just 4.1-IP
to take the Toledo loss (1-1). However, what proved to be the difference
in the game was a 2rHR by Clippers RFieldfer and 2008 US Olympian Matt
LaPorta (#3) off Hens reliever Matt Rusch in the B-7th.  
    Hens hitting highlights included a solo homerun by Don Kelly (#1) and a 2r3B
by Will Rhymes. Ex-Tiger Brent Clevlen was 2-for-5 and is has a .326-BA so far.
Toledo wasted some good scoring chances by stranding 10 men on base.
    The Mud Hens split four games vs the Clippers going 1-1 in Toledo Thursday
and Friday and 1-1 at Columbus Saturday and Sunday.
    Toledo opens a 9-game homestand by hosting Indianapolis Monday night.


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