--RHP Rick Porcello gave up runs again, which means he got beat again. Porcello threw 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night, and he allowed three runs -- three runs more than the Tigers were able to muster for him. Porcello has not had a run scored for him while he was the pitcher of record in 23 innings, four starts plus the sixth inning Aug. 12 in Texas. Porcello was wise enough not to want to talk about that and acknowledge he wasn't perfect. "I got to do a better job of commanding the strike zone, keeping the ball down. At this time of year you've just got to win games, at least win series," he said.
--3B/1B Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw in the sixth inning Tuesday night, his 34th of the season. Cabrera ended the game as Detroit's first baseman, the second time he has appeared at his previous position this season. Cabrera switched from third to first when manager Jim Leyland pinch-hit for starting 1B Don Kelly in the seventh inning.
--DH Prince Fielder got a break from playing the field Tuesday night, holding down DH duty with 1B Don Kelly starting in place of him in the infield. Fielder agreed last week to the decision as a way of giving him a semi-rest without taking his bat out of the lineup. He singled his first time up, but it was his only hit of the game. Only once previously this season was Fielder the Tigers' DH.
--C Alex Avila knows all about scuffling. RHP Rick Porcello is dealing with a 23-inning stretch in which his team hasn't scored a single run for him. Avila just ended an 0-for-15 streak Tuesday night when he dumped a double into short left field leading off the second inning. "I finally got a hit," he said.
--RHP Al Alburquerque made his season debut for Detroit on Tuesday night. Coming off winter elbow surgery, Alburquerque was activated Sunday but did not pitch until entering with two outs and two on in the seventh inning against Cleveland. Alburquerque was a strikeout sensation for the Tigers as a rookie in 2011, and he struck out the first batter he faced Tuesday, stranding two Indians. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, showing a mid-90s fastball and his good slider. "It feels good," Alburquerque said of getting into a major league game for the first time since last year. "It felt normal."
--INF Don Kelly started at first base, with manager Jim Leyland using Prince Fielder as the designated hitter in a lineup loaded with left-handed hitters against Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson. Kelly singled in the fifth but was removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh. Detroit designated Kelly for assignment in early August, but he cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Class AAA Toledo. The Tigers added him to their roster and brought him back Sept. 1.
--RHP Luke Putkonen was recalled from Class AAA Toledo to give the Tigers another bullpen arm. Putkonen was 3-3 with a 4.92 ERA in 24 games, two of them starts, for Toledo, and he is scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month. This is Putkonen's third time with Detroit this season. Overall, he's 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA in seven games.
BY THE NUMBERS
23 -- Scoreless innings posted by Detroit with RHP Rick Porcello as the pitcher of record. The shutout run began with the sixth inning of Porcello's start Aug. 12 at Texas, continued through the next 17 innings of three starts and through the first five innings Tuesday night at Comerica Park against Cleveland. He was relieved after getting two outs in the sixth.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"If he pitches good, he'll be a long (relief) man. If he pitches bad, he'll pitch short. And if he pitches real bad, he'll pitch real short." -- Manager Jim Leyland, on the role of RHP Luke Putkonen, called up Tuesday to give Detroit's bullpen some more depth.
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