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.