Though the Tigers were on the winning end of Friday's 10-0 series opener against the Braves, seeing those numbers on the scoreboard may have brought back some bad memories for Detroit's Saturday starter, Rick Porcello.
That was the exact score by which the Tigers lost in Porcello's last outing, which lasted less than one full inning. Last Saturday, Porcello was tagged for nine runs on nine hits while lasting just two-thirds of an inning in his start against the Angels.
"A little rusty, a little wild, a little unlucky," manager Jim Leyland said in characterizing Porcello's disastrous start. "And that pretty much sums it up."
The unlucky part stemmed from the fact that all but one of the nine hits allowed by Porcello were singles, with three not leaving the infield and three more finding their way up the middle on the ground. The only extra-base hit against Porcello was a Mike Trout grand slam that ended the right-hander's day after 47 pitches and just two outs.
"I think we've all had games where guys are hitting the ball hard just right at [defenders]," Porcello said after the game, "and you cruise through seven innings or whatever and you walk away feeling pretty good about it, but you didn't throw the ball that well. Today, I felt like I threw the ball fine. It just wasn't in the cards for me."
The Braves, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Kris Medlen, who -- in spite of a 2.16 ERA -- has already recorded more losses (two) in four starts this season than he did all of last year. That, however, is more of a testament to his dominant 2012 campaign than anything else.
Following his 10-1 record and 1.57 ERA in 50 appearances (12 starts) a season ago, Medlen has experienced little drop-off this season, regardless of the two losses.
Medlen allowed just two runs over five innings, but he received zero runs of support in taking his first loss of the season in his season debut. Then after allowing just one combined earned run in a pair of seven-inning performances in his previous two outings, Medlen was saddled with his other defeat Sunday after conceding three runs over six innings of work.
Braves: McCann homers twice in first rehab game
Catcher Brian McCann homered in each of his first two at-bats Friday with Class A Rome in his first game action since offseason shoulder surgery. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to go with his two homers.
The current plan is to have McCann, who would be permitted to play up to 20 games in his rehab stint, play five games with Rome, then approximately another five with Triple-A Gwinnett before making his return.
Though he's been able to swing without any issues for more than a month, McCann has been focused on regaining his arm strength following the surgery.
"The reports on him are that he is up to 180 feet throwing and it was really, really good," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Tigers: Coke dealing with groin strain
Reliever Phil Coke was unavailable Friday night due to a left groin strain, and his status for the rest of the weekend is up in the air.
Coke initially felt the strain while throwing a pitch in Thursday's outing, during which he took the loss after allowing four runs on one hit and four walks over 1 1/3 innings of work.
"He's better today and so he's kind of a day-to-day guy at this point in time," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Friday afternoon, "but it'll probably be a couple days."
Tigers infielder Jhonny Peralta has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games. Peralta is hitting .364 (20-for-55) with three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs over the 14 games.