TORONTO (AP) -Neither
slept too soundly the night before the game.
The young pitchers were up early Thursday, too, each anxious about making their major league debuts. Once they took the mound,
however, both looked right at home.
Romero outpitched Porcello in the first matchup of first-round draft picks making their debuts against each other, and the
Toronto Blue Jays
rallied to beat the
6-2 Thursday for their third win in the opening four-game series.
''Two talented young kids out there today,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''They both had a couple of sessions where they
looked a little green but, overall, they both did very, very well.''
hit a two-run homer and
added solo shots off Porcello (0-1). Lind went 3-for-4, raising his average to .583.
, who had homered in the first three games, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Romero (1-0) was the No. 6 pick in the 2005 amateur draft out of Cal State Fullerton and was given a $2.4 million signing
bonus by the
. He spent two years at Double-A before reaching Triple-A last season, then won a spot in Toronto's rotation this spring.
''His last four or five starts (in spring training), he just seemed to get a little bit better all the time,''
said. ''Today he got up to 94 a couple times, his fastball and his changeup were good.''
Projected as a top pick in 2007, Porcello dropped to No. 27 when some teams bypassed him because they anticipated tough negotiations
with his agent, Scott Boras. Porcello agreed to a $7.28 million, four-year contract.
''He looked a little young at times, bounced some curveballs, but he also threw some nasty ones and got some strikeouts on
them,'' Leyland said. ''He's got some work to do, but that's something to work with.''
Never before since the amateur draft began in 1965 had pitchers selected in the first round started against each other in
their big league debuts.
Romero allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two, throwing 93 pitches. The left-hander
said nerves kept him awake much of the night.
''I couldn't sleep for a while,'' Romero said. ''I kept waking up all night, just checking my clock making sure I wasn't late
Porcello, who awoke shortly before 7 a.m., gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, struck out four and walked
one. The righty threw 89 pitches and, like Romero, topped out at 94 mph with his fastball.
''The biggest thing coming away from today is you make a mistake and, with these guys, they're going to hurt you with a home
run or a base hit,'' Porcello said. ''You've got to be locked in on every pitch.''
Surrendering Lind's leadoff homer in the sixth was Porcello's biggest regret.
''It was one of those pitches where, as soon as you let it go, you want it back,'' Porcello said. ''It was hanging up there
and I was praying he wasn't going to swing at it.''
Porcello's parents and two brothers attended the game. Romero had his parents, two sisters and a brother in the crowd.
''Just being with my family, for them to be here, they got in last night, it's a special moment,'' Romero said. ''It's a day
I'll never forget.''
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the third.
homered with two outs and
followed with a triple that bounced off the wall in right and struck
on the side of the head. Rios threw the ball back to the infield, then fell to his knees in pain. Trainer George Poulis came
out to check on Rios, who overcame a bout of dizziness to remain in the game.
Thames scored on
was thrown out at home in the fourth when he tried to score from first on
hit an RBI single in the fourth, and the
tied it in the fifth on Hill's second homer of the season.
Lind's leadoff homered in the sixth gave Toronto a 3-2 lead, and
chased Porcello with an infield single. Left-hander
to hit into a forceout and struck out Barrett, then gave up
's RBI double. Scutaro greeted right-hander
with a two-run homer.
''The add-on runs were killers for us,'' Leyland said. ''That's what we're going to have to eliminate. The add-on runs are
normally a disaster for you and they were today.''
Notes: A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of
Los Angeles Angels
, who was killed Thursday in a traffic accident. ... Before the game, Leyland showed reporters the lineup card from his final
game as Pittsburgh manager in 1996. The souvenir, stowed safely inside a sealed plastic bag, was a gift from umpire
. ... Overbay snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a second-inning single. ... Detroit plays its home opener Friday, an afternoon
game against Texas. ''It's going to be exciting for the crowd, especially with it being a (holiday) weekend,'' Granderson
said. ''I'm sure downtown Detroit is going to be crazy. I'm looking forward to it, I've got a lot of friends and family coming
in for it and they'll be enjoying it, too.''