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PORCELLO & RABURN SHINE ON SUNDAY.....TIGERS 10, Toronto 4, S 8/29/10   
Posted on: 08-29-2010

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      Rick Porcello had little trouble
with the Blue Jays batters and Ryan
Raburn hit a pair of homers to
highlight the Tiger attack in Detroit's
10-4 Sunday matinee win at Toronto.
      The victory earned the Tigs a split of the 4-game Rogers Centre series and
also of the 8-game season series between the onetime regular HWY 401 rivals.
      Porcello (W, 7-11) retired the first 11 Blue Jays who went to the plate and
yielded only 3-H in his 7-IP. By the time Porcello's 12.2 scoreless inning string
was stopped by a 2-out/B-6th solo homerun from John McDonald (#4) just over
the wall down the LField line, Detroit had already given the sophomore RHP
a 4-0 lead.        
      Porcello went 7-IP to allow 1-R/1-ER on 3-H & 0-W with 4-K. He threw 66 of
his 101 pitches for strikes.
      Porcello won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and earned his
third victory in his last four decisions and last five starts (3-1, 1-ND).   
      Jays starter Mark Rzepczynski (L, 1-3) had hoped for a better 25th birthday. Will
Rhymes drew a 1-out/T-1st walk off Rzepczynski, went to second on a wild pitch and,
with 2-out and 1Base open, Rhymes came home on a Miguel Cabrera RBI-2B off the
RField wall for an instant 1-0 Tiger lead.
      A walk, an error and an opposite way RBI-1B by Casper Wells plated Jhonny Peralta
with 2-out/T-4th for a 2-0 Detroit margin.
      Rzepczynski had struck-out eight Bengal batters when he suddenly got wild in the
T-6th. Two walks sandwiched around a single loaded the bases for Detroit with 1-out.
Wells then delivered again by picking on a 3-2 elevated fastball and driving a 2r2B off
the CField fence to make it 4-0. Detroit re-loaded the bases with 2-outs on an intentional
walk to Austin Jackson to end Rzepczynski's performance, but could not score more
off first Toronto reliever Jesse Carlson.      
      The Tigers would remedy that in the T-7th shortly after McDonald's dinger had gotten
Toronto on the board. Raburn led-off the T-7th with a solo shot (#9) to LField. Cabrera
then singled and stole second and scored on a 1-out 2rHR to the seats in LField by Brandon
Inge (#9) which made it 7-1. All these runs came off onetime Tiger farmhand Carlson.
      Third Toronto pitcher Brian Tallet came on in the T-8th and allowed singles to both
Jackson and Rhymes and a 3rHR to LField by Raburn (#10) before recording an out. The
second Raburn longball put the score at 10-1.
      The lone disturbing aspect of the afternoon was another bad outing by Tiger closer Jose
Valverde. Papa Grande gave up a B-9th/2-out 3rHR to Adam Lind (#19) for the 10-4 final.
      Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk, 2-R and an RBI (MLB-leading #107) for Detroit. Raburn
and Wells were both 2-for-5 with Wells collecting 3-RBIs and Raburn 4-RBIs.      
      Onetime Tiger McDonald went 2-for-4 at the plate for Toronto.

      DET       10-12-0, 8-LOB       (W) Porcello, 7-11
      TOR       4-7-1, 3-LOB               (L) Rzepczynski, 1-3


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "I think [Porcello] had a bit of an air about him when he
took the mound today...When you have a good look about you and a good demeanor,
and it's a sincere demeanor, then normally you're pretty good. When you're trying
to fool yourself or someone else, that usually doesn't work, and you can usually tell
the difference."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:    ""I was able to find my slider pretty early, and I think
that was the biggest thing. They are such a good fastball-hitting team, I knew going
in I had to have a good offspeed pitch, whether it was my changeup or my slider."

TIGERS LF RYAN RABURN:    "When you're in there pretty regularly, you can kind of put
at-bats behind you, knowing you're going to be out there the next day...It's just a
comfort thing. I'm relaxed. I'm not worried about what's going to happen; just going
out there and trying to get good pitches to hit. Right now, they're just finding holes."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:    "It was good to see us come out and kind of jump out there
early today. That's something we've kind of needed to do, get early runs. Get some
confidence and let our pitchers just kind of do their thing. After we got a few runs,
that's what Porcello did."

JAYS SP MARK RZEPCZYNSKI:    "Good and bad. The walks came back to bite me, and
Casper [Wells] hit a 3-2 pitch right down the middle [for a 2r2B]...But I felt like I'm
heading in the right direction. I feel I got back to where I was last year, especially
with my offspeed pitches. I didn't have one two starts ago, and then finally I had a
slider and a curveball, which was the best consistently it's been all year. But then I
also overthrew a couple of pitches. So I'll take it as a step in the right direction, but
I've still got a lot to work on."

JAYS MGR CITO GASTON:    ""Porcello had good stuff today. They've got some real good
arms over there. I know his record is not where he'd like to have it, but he certainly
has the arm to switch that around...Zep has got to get down in the strike zone. He's
got to get ground balls, and he's got to throw strikes. He was a little better than last
time out, that's for sure, but if you're going to pitch up here, you've got to keep the
ball down, because he's a sinker-ball pitcher. He can't stay up in the strike zone."


      Cabrrra extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Raburn to a career-best 10 games.
      Sunday was Porcello's first start at Rogers Centre since his big league debut on 4/9/09
where he took the loss after allowing 4-R on 9-H in 5-IP.
      During the game it was announced Saturday's Toronto starter/winner Brendan Morrow
will make only one more start on SEPT 3RD and then be shut down for the rest of the season.
Morrow is in his first full year as a starter and the Jays want to cap his innings. It's a tactic
Toronto has used before with young starters, including Rzepczynski last year.   
      Following a Monday off-day the Tigers open a 3-game series at AL-Central leading Minnesota
Tuesday night. LHP Brian Duensing (7-2, 2.19) of the Twins and RHP Armando Galarraga (4-5, 4.04)
for Detroit are Tuesday's probable pitchers. The 65-66 Tigers trail the 75-56 Twins by 10 games
in the standings.


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