Mariners 7, Tigers 2
The Tigers welcomed Austin Jackson and the wild card rival (?!) Mariners to Detroit on Friday and it didn’t exactly go as planned. Rick Porcello (23 GS, 156.1 IP, 3.28 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 2.6 fWAR) hung in there for six innings but he wasn’t at his best and had to pitch around some very sloppy Tigers defense. He allowed three in the 2nd and one each in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, but kept it from getting totally out of hand and draining the bullpen on day one. The bats didn’t do much, grabbing a run on a triple and ground out from Davis and Kinsler for their only early run, to which they would add to with one in the 8th. Melvin Mercedes made his MLB debut and retired six batters, but nothing else of note came of the late innings. The Tigers will need to punch back on Saturday in a battle of titans, with David Price (25 GS, 185.1 IP, 3.21 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 4.0 fWAR) lining up against King Felix.
The Moment: The Comerica faithful gives Austin Jackson a warm welcome.