Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Porcello Impressive with Tigers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Porcello Impressive with Tigers

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Porcello has given up no walks

Rick Porcello's bid to be part of the Detroit Tigers' rotation includes a 3.00 ERA and no walks in 24 spring innings.

That's right, no walks.

In Porcello's latest spring outing, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double and Jhonny Peralta homered to highlight a three-run first inning that helped send the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday.

Porcello allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out three and gave up a solo home run to Rob Brantly.

"It's definitely a good sign, to stay inside the strike zone," said Porcello, who could make a final preseason start during the weekend. "You want to throw quality and effective strikes, not just throw strikes."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he was "95 percent sure" on the Tigers' roster for opening day, though who would be the No. 5 starter remained uncertain. Porcello and lefthander Drew Smyly have been vying for the spot.

"On my end, I'm ready to go and prepared for the season," Porcello said. "I definitely feel like I'm in a strong position to start the year, and I feel strong."

Mariners hammer Homer Bailey Jesus Montero hit a grand slam, Michael Saunders homered among his three hits and the Seattle Mariners hammered Homer Bailey in a 16-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Saunders connected off Bailey, and Justin Smoak added two hits off the righthander, driving in three runs. Montero's slam came off Wilken De La Rosa, one of two non-roster pitchers left in Reds camp.

Bailey was scheduled to pitch five innings but lasted only 3 1/ 3, allowing nine runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Saunders also doubled, singled and scored three times from the leadoff spot.

Brandon Maurer continued to impress the Mariners. He gave up six hits and a walk in five innings, striking out seven. The 22-year- old is making a strong case to earn a spot in Seattle's starting rotation.

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