Rick Porcello is somewhat of an afterthought on Detroit's deep and talented pitching staff.
On Friday night, he was second to none.
Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez drove in two runs apiece and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians for the sixth consecutive time, winning 7-0 to extend their lead in the AL Central.
Porcello (5-6) allowed five hits and was never really threatened until Carlos Santana flied out to the warning track in center field to end the sixth. The right-hander set the tone for the Tigers, who dominated the opener of the four-game wraparound series between the division's top two teams.
''His mound presence tonight, with a packed house, on the road and a team right there with you, was the best I've seen,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
With their fourth straight win, the Tigers moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland, which returned from an 11-game road trip to just its second sellout crowd at Progressive Field this seaso...