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Rick Porcello Wins Twelth In Solid Start

So much for Rick Porcello wearing down at the end of the year.  He’s given up two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and this one was good for win number twelve.  He gave up two runs on five hits with one strikeout in seven innings and he had a typical 14/6 ground out to fly out ratio.    He also needed just 81 pitches to get through the seven frames before he gave up it up to the pen.  Porcello did pitch into the eighth but he gave up a solo home run to Travis Hafner to lead off the inning so he gave it up to Bobby Seay and then Brandon Lyon to get through the eghth.  Fernando Rodney threw a shutout ninth and he picked up save number 31.

The Tigers did get five extra chances because the Indians made five errors  Magglio Ordonez went three for four ad he drove in a run.  Placido Polanco went two for four with a run.

Nate Robertson makes his second start this afternoon and the Indians will throw Fausto Carmona.  Both of these guys have ERA’s north of six so this one could get interesting.  The Twins lost yesterday so the Tigers now have a 4 1/2 game lead and with the Twins being off, the Tigers could make it five with a win today.

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