LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Rick Porcello mowed through the best hitters the Atlanta Braves had on Friday afternoon, pitching two perfect innings in the Grapefruit League opener.
Hes not going to win or lose the fifth spot in the rotation on one outing, but it certainly was all he and Tigers manager Jim Leyland couldve hoped for in his first outing.
He threw the ball well and had good hair on the ball, said Leyland, referring to the midseason velocity of 94 and 95 mph he attained. He threw the ball extremely well.
Porcello struck out Freddie Freeman (fastball) and Dan Uggla (changeup), and induced Jason Heyward and top shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons to ground out. Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton, making their Atlanta debuts, flew out.
For the first time out, it was a good building block, Porcello said. You get butterflies and you get excited to compete, but today was the calmest and most relaxed first outing (in spring training) that Ive had.
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