Marlins 3, Tigers 3(10)

Rick Porcello reinforced his bid to claim the second spot in the

Detroit rotation with another solid outing on Monday.

Just try telling him that, though.

”I need to do a better job getting ahead of hitters,” Porcello

said after allowing one earned run in an exhibition-high seven

innings during a 3-all tie with the Miami Marlins. ”I’m still

trying to keep the ball down and I only have one more start this


Marlins starter Mark Buehrle did fine for six innings and the

game was stopped after the 10th. It was Detroit’s fifth tie this


Porcello allowed one earned run and five hits. He walked one and

struck out four. He is the likely No. 2 starter for the Tigers

behind AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

Porcello has been putting up the numbers this spring to show

that he deserves that slot. He has a spring ERA of 1.59 in five

starts and has walked only four batters.

”He’s grown up out there,” Leyland said. ”He’s learned to

deal with the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s not easy, but he’s

always handled it well.”

After winning 14 games as a rookie in 2009, he struggled in 2010

and spent time at Triple-A Toledo. He came back strong and

solidified his place in the rotation last year, going 14-9 in 31


”I feel mentally and physically ready right now for opening

day,” Porcello said. ”It won’t hurt to learn as much as I can

before opening day, but I am ready to go now.”

Buehrle also looked ready to go. He was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA for

the Chicago White Sox last season, then signed with the Marlins as

a free agent.

Buehrle has struggled to a 7.30 ERA this spring, but didn’t walk

anyone in six innings against the Tigers while striking out five.

He allowed homers to Jhonny Peralta and Brennan Boesch.

”I really made one bad pitch and it was hit out of the park,”

Buehrle said. ”I was hitting my spots and feel good. I felt good

in my last inning and I could have gone another.”

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who had Buehrle for several years

with the White Sox, liked what he saw.

”I was surprised by him today,” Guillen said. ”He always has

an ugly spring. That shows that Buehrle is going to be


Peralta went 3 for 3. Jose Reyes doubled for the Marlins.

NOTES: The Tigers optioned RHP Jacob Turner to Triple-A Toledo

and reassigned RHP Chris Bootcheck, INFs Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz

and Ryan Strieby and OF Quintin Berry to minor league camp. …

Detroit RHP Doug Fister is expected to make his next scheduled

start on Wednesday. He left his last start on Friday with soreness

in his right middle finger. … Tigers OF Delmon Young was pulled

from the game with a slight knee injury. Leyland said it wasn’t a

problem. … Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco will start on Tuesday

against Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez. … Miami LHP Randy Choate

threw 19 pitches in his exhibition debut after being sidelined with

a right lateral injury. He pitched one inning and allowed one hit.

He will pitch again on Wednesday. … Nolasco will pitch Sunday in

the first game between big league teams at the new Marlins ballpark

and Carlos Zambrano will follow on Monday. Both games are

exhibition against the New York Yankees.