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Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-04-11

Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-04-11
One turn through the rotation and manager Jim Leyland is not displeased. His bullpen, however, is another matter.

Right-hander Justin Verlander was thumped in the opener, but Leyland thought he had good stuff despite the bad numbers.

Right-hander Edwin Jackson was spectacular before the bullpen gave up what appeared to be a victory, and right-hander Zach Miner turned in a solid start.

Rookie right-hander Rick Porcello was good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut, and the club feels he'll keep giving Detroit opportunities to win when he starts.

Right-hander Armando Galarraga was excellent Friday in Detroit's home opener.

"Galarraga was fantastic," Leyland said. "I don't know if people know how great he was with the way that club has been swinging. They were really pounding the ball the last three days. Pitching a game like that was remarkable."

The Tigers anticipated having right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (disabled list) in the rotation along with either left-hander Nate Robertson, who is in the bullpen, or left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who is on the disabled list.

"Five days into the season we wouldn't have picked them," Leyland said. "We wouldn't have thought they were the five guys. But I feel good about it.

"We have to bridge a little something in the bullpen, but I think we will."

TIGERS 15, RANGERS 2: First baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam plus a two-run double Friday and right-hander Armando Galarraga turned in six strong innings to help Detroit win its home opener. The Tigers, who opened last season with seven consecutive losses, scored two more runs in their home opener than they did in the first five games last year combined. Galarraga struck out a career-best eight batters and allowed only five hits in his seven innings. Rookie right-hander Ryan Perry got two outs and gave up two walks but veteran right-hander Eddie Bonine got the last four outs. Center fielder Curtis Granderson and right fielder Magglio Ordonez drove in two runs apiece.

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