DETROIT -- No one is preparing a Hall of Fame plaque for him or even referring to him as a SharkNado (yet), but Bruce Rondon is going to help the Tigers this season.
Rondon started the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers with a 7-2 lead, relieving starter Doug Fister.
Rondon threw 10 pitches, all for strikes as he got four straight outs before handing the game to Drew Smyly.
"That's a Catch-22," manager Jim Leyland said. "We want to make sure he throws strikes but we want to make sure he doesn't throw too many. He's doing great. It's a little difficult but we're kind of breaking him in, we're breaking him into some nice situations and he's really responding. I'm really proud of him."
Rondon was able to mix his pitches and use his 100 mile-an-hour fastball when he wanted to, as he did when he struck out Nelson Cruz.
"The difference was the consistency in my pitches, the slider, breaking ball and everything," Rondon said through a translator. "Joaquin Benoit has really guide...