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Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-04-25

Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-04-25
One of the big reasons coaches coach and managers manage is to see their players develop.

Not everybody wants to learn and not every athlete is capable of figuring things out from his or her mistakes.

But the ones who do listen to advice, take it to heart and apply it to their own particular skills effectively gladden the heart of every person who's ever taught, coached or managed.

It's one of the reasons Manager Jim Leyland likes precocious young rookie right-hander Rick Porcello. He listens and learns.

Of course the fact his talent level is exceedingly high doesn't hurt, either.

Porcello came up short in a battle with Kansas City's right-hander Zach Greinke -- who at one time was in Porcello's position as a highly heralded young pitcher. He gave up a two-run home run on a fastball up and away in the first inning and gave up a solo shot on a high fastball over the middle of the plate in the second as the Royals beat the Tigers, 6-1.

"He's still a little green with the curve ball but that's coming," Leyland said afterwards. "His changeup was very good at times. He learned a great lesson; he's a bright kid. I take a real positive from this outing. I was actually very pleased with his performance, really."

Porcello has now made three starts in the majors and is 1-2. You can see the talent, but you can also see it needs refining, the kind of refining you get from failure.

"We told him after the first inning, particularly in the second inning," Leyland said, "that you just can't keep pumping it up here because that don't work. So he started using some other things effectively and then your fastball is that much better because his fastball is very good with a lot of late movement. I take a real positive from his standpoint out of this game."

Porcello retired 10 in a row after the second home run, then gave up two runs in the fifth, one unearned, before exiting after a scoreless sixth.

ROYALS 6, TIGERS 1: Detroit's heralded rookie RHP Rick Porcello was outclassed Friday night by a pitcher who was once at least as lauded as he, Kansas City RHP Zach Greinke. Porcello only allowed four hits in six innings but two of them were home runs good for three runs. One of the five runs he was charged with was unearned, the result of a throwing error by 1B Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers only reached Greinke for three hits, two by C Gerald Laird and one by 2B Placido Polanco. Laird doubled in the fifth, took third on a fly ball to center and scored when SS Mike Aviles' relay of a throw from CF Coco Crisp bounced off 3B Mark Teahen. It was the first run Greinke has allowed this season, the first in 38 innings dating back to last season. Porcello gave up a two-run home run to Teahen in the first and retired 10 in a row after 2B Alberto Callaspo hit his home run in the second.

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