Starter Rick Porcello threw 57 of his 89 pitches for strikes on Thursday. (Nathan Denette/AP)
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Tigers starter Rick Porcello was touched up for a pair of home runs in his Major League debut, but the 20-year-old more than held his own against fellow rookie Ricky Romero in a matchup of former first-round Draft picks.
Game Scores: Porcello , Romero, R . WP: Porcello, League. HBP: Guillen (by Romero, R), Everett (by Downs, S). Pitches-strikes: Porcello 89-57, Robertson, N 15-9, Rincon 46-29, Romero, R 93-59, Carlson 14-10, League 15-9, Downs,
S 16-11. Groundouts-flyouts: Porcello 7-0, Robertson, N 1-0, Rincon 2-2, Romero, R 7-2, Carlson 0-1, League 1-3, Downs, S 0-0. Batters faced: Porcello 24, Robertson, N 3, Rincon 10, Romero, R 25, Carlson 3, League 5, Downs, S 4. Inherited runners-scored: Robertson, N 1-1, Rincon 1-1, League 1-0. Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione.
1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Tony Randazzo. Weather: 68 degrees, roof closed. Wind: 0 mph,
None. T: 2:41. Att: 15,297. Venue: Rogers Centre. April 9, 2009 April 9, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner