Douglass (4-1) outpitched his 19-year-old opponent, throwing eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Douglass allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
"That was -- pick an adjective -- brilliant, outstanding. He was on the plate and he stayed ahead of the hitters," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He's had seven outings for us, and six of them have been good ones, but this one might have been his best."
The highly touted Hernandez (0-1) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in five innings for Seattle, which got a home run from Raul Ibanez.
"I felt a little nervous," Hernandez said. "I know I pitched well, but I can't be happy because the team lost."
Hernandez obviously had the jitters early on, walking Carlos Guillen and Chris Shelton and giving up two singles in the first inning. Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's single.
Hernandez settled down after a visit to the mound from his teammates and pitching coach Bryan Price. The right-hander retired his next five batters before ending the day with four strikeouts.
"Not too shabby," Trammell said. "Getting out of that first inning was huge for him, because you could see he was nervous, but he got that big double-play ball and then he settled in."
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said before the game that Hernandez would throw about 80-85 pitches in an effort to make it feel like any other game. Hernandez ended up throwing 81 pitches, 49 for strikes.
"A pretty impressive debut, rough luck there in the first inning, but he threw the ball well. He got better as he went along," Hargrove said. "We'll increase his pitch count the next outing."
Hernandez became the youngest major-league starter since Jose Rijo pitched for the New York Yankees in 1984. Hernandez dominated the Pacific Coast League while pitching at Triple-A Tacoma, going 9-4 with a 2.25 ERA.
Ibanez hit his 100th career homer leading off the seventh to pull Seattle to 2-1.
Young added an RBI single in the eighth, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his second save.
The Tigers scored their second run without a hit.
Polanco, who was hit by a pitch, stole second base in the third. He reached third on Shelton's groundout before scoring on a passed ball to make it 2-0.
- The Mariners optioned RHP Clint Nageotte to Triple-A Tacoma after he made his major-league debut Wednesday. Nageotte took the roster spot of RHP Jorge Campillo, who was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. A team doctor said Campillo will need Tommy John surgery.
- Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4 and is hitless in 19 at-bats.
- Slumping Detroit 3B Brandon Inge was back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday, snapping his 141 consecutive games played streak.
- Detroit CF Nook Logan got his 20th stolen base.