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KID ENDS SKID FOR TIGS.....TIGERS 7, Toronto 2, S 9/13/09
Posted on: 09-13-2009

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    A solid start by Rick Porcello
helped the Tigers end their season's
longest losing streak of five games
and Detroit downed Toronto 7-2
Sunday afternoon.
    Porcello permitted only 2-R/2-ER
on 4-H & 2-W with 2-K in his 6-IP to
get the win (13-8).
    Porcello used a fastball that topped
out at 96-mph and a snappy slider to
retire the first eight Torontonians he
faced. Porcello became the first MLB
pitcher to win 13 games in a season at
age 20 since Dwight Gooden did it two dozen years ago in 1985 with the New York Mets.
    The Tigers built a 4-0 lead and when the Blue Jays halved Detroit's margin the
Tigs posted a second 3-R inning for insurance in the B-8th.
    Gerald Laird got Detroit started with an RBI-1B in the B-2nd. Laird then capped
a 3-R/B-3rd that saw the Tigers tally on an RBI-1B by Miguel Cabrera, a fielder's
choice off the bat of Marcus Thames and Laird's second RBI-1B in as many innings.
    The Jays dented Porcello on an Edwin Encarnacion RBI-2B in the T-4th and via
Aaron Hill's fielder's choice grounder in the T-5th.
    The first four Tiger runs came off Blue Jays rookie starter Ricky Romero (L, 12-8).
The last three were scored on third Toronto pitcher Josh Roenicke in the B-8th on
an Aubrey Huff RBI-2B and on a 2r1B by Brandon Inge.
    Magglio Ordonez went 3-for-4 with a 2B & R to raise his average to .294. Cabrera
was 2-for-3 while Inge & Laird were both 2-for-4 at the plate for Detroit.
    No Toronto batter had more than one basehit.
    Zach Miner, Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney all pitched a scoreless relief inning
for Detroit.
    The Tigers improved to 46-24 at home, matching their season high for wins at
Comerica Park set in 2006.
    The 76-66 Tigers saw their AL-Central lead improve by a half game. Minnesota
won and Chicago lost Sunday, so the Twins remained five and a half games behind
Detroit while the White Sox fell from five to six games back and tumbled back into
third place.
    TOR     2-5-0, 4-LOB        (L) Romero, 12-8
    DET     7-13-0, 13-LOB     (W) Porcello, 13-8


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   " I think he's pretty sharp. I think he's pretty smart
...And I think [Porcello's] trying to tell us, 'Stop the babying. I'm OK.' In his own
way, I think he's telling us."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   "I think the biggest thing is I've been trying to use
my four-seamer more. At times, I think I can overpower guys with my four-seamer.
Earlier in the year, I felt like all I had was the sinker. That's a big advantage for me
...Whether it's overpowering or not, it gives them a different look to get them off
my sinker, so that I can go back to it when I needed to. There were a couple at-bats
today where I knew guys were definitely trying to sit on my sinker. I was trying to
pound them away with four-seamers, and we were able to get a couple of pretty big
hitters out. I think that's one of the bigger improvements I've made throughout the
year...I just want to keep improving, because I don't think I'm a finished product."

TIGERS CA GERALD LAIRD:   "[Porcello's] got that swagger going. He knows he belongs
now. He's had success. He just tries to get better with every outing...This game's about
adjustments, and Ricky's making adjustments. It's on me to see what guys are looking
for. Up there, they were just taking four-seamers all game, looking for that sinker...
I'm sure the scouting reports say sinker, and he's really developed that four-seamer."

JAYS SP RICKY ROMERO:   "I thought I was pretty good today, other than the one inning
that killed me. After that, I got back into a groove and got some quick outs, but I basically
beat myself early in the game."

    With his third 3-H game of the month Ordonez boosted his September BA to an
even .500.
    Porcello is 4-1 with a 3.41-ERA in nine starts since August 1st. His 13 wins lead
all big league rookies.
    Toledo September call-up Brent Dlugach made his MLB debut in the B-8th as a
pinch-runner and scored Detroit's final run.
    With LHP Nate Robertson (pelvic inflammation) and RHP Armando Galarraga
(right/pitching elbow inflammation) both sidelined by injury, RHP Eddie Bonine
has been added to the Tiger rotation for the final three weeks of the regular season.
Bonine has bounced between 3A Toledo and Detroit all year. This is his fourth stint
with the big club.
    Monday night's finale of the 4-game series has Justin Verlander (16-8) of Detroit
and David Purcey (0-2) of Toronto listed as probable pitchers.

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