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Porcello wins, but Tigers still need more pitching

The Sports Xchange

In two days, the rumors will cease.

Well, at least until we run up against the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.

Detroit's quest for a fifth starter had not ended as of the Tigers' 12-2 lambasting of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Tigers are now 42-23 whenever a member of their big three of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello is the starting pitcher.

Porcello upped that number by one when he was the starter and winner in the 12-2 game. It was the fifth win in an unbeaten July for a pitcher who, back before spring training, was labeled as perhaps the key to how Detroit would fare this season.

The Tigers are 10-11 when Brad Penny is the starter but 4-16 when any fifth starter is used. The Tigers haven't gotten a win out of a fifth starter since June 13.

Many stories paint GM Dave Dombrowski, who along with manager Jim Leyland is without a contract for next season, and aging club owner Mike Ilitch as so desperate to win it all this season they will mortgage the Tigers' future by including any of their top prospects, up to and including No. 1 2009 pick Jacob Turner, in a deal for a solid starting pitcher.

The next day or two will tell.

"I look at it like Christmas," Leyland said. "If you get something, good. If you don't, you survive."

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