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Improving Porcello may land in playoff rotation

The Sports Xchange

Teaching moments still exist, even during major league games.

It isn't often a manager will counsel a player, especially a pitcher, in the midst of a game. It generally isn't the time.

"When he says something, you really focus," Rick Porcello said. "He doesn't say things to you during a game very often."

Porcello worked seven innings and probably nailed down the No. 4 spot in Leyland's post-season rotation -- the tipoff could be the fact he's pitching Wednesday, right after Game 2 and Game 3 starters Doug Fister and Max Scherzer -- even though he allowed nine hits and three runs.

One of the big things was Porcello gave up all three runs and six of the hits in the first three innings.

"He showed a little frustration during one of those innings," Leyland said. "So I called him over and talked to him. I told him, 'You've been here long enough that you've got to get over it. Those things happen. You have to move on.

"'There's always lessons to be learned. This is another step for you.'"

Porcello wasn't the pitcher of record in the game. It went one out into the bottom of the 11th before Victor Martinez smacked an 0-2 pitch into the left field corner for an RBI single that gave Detroit a 4-3 victory over visiting Baltimore.

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