Found March 22, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
VIERA, Fla. -- It's sometimes hard to tell from his laid-back demeanor, but Drew Smyly is a fierce competitor who hates losing. Judging by this spring, Smyly is not going to let the fifth starter's job go to Rick Porcello without a fight. In his previous outing, Smyly had his first truly poor performance of the spring, giving up five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five against the Washington Nationals. Smyly got his revenge Friday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. Smyly allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five in five innings. "You don't take it kindly, especially when you've got to face the same team in five days," Smyly said. "You gotta make adjustments quick or else the same thing will happen. Sometimes that's good if you get one team kind of hits you around, then you gotta come back. It shows how quick you can learn, so it won't faze you. I'm happy how (Friday) went." Although Smyly had ...
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