In his first start as a Tiger and first major league start since 2004, Chad Durbin allowed 6 runs and 9 hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles. He pitched two strong innings before allowing 4 runs in the third and 2 more in the 5th. This wasn't what the Tigers were hoping for in their quest to replace the injured Kenny Rogers but I think it's safe to say he'll get at least one more start before they try something else.
What happens if Durbin fails to improve in his next start or two? It sounded like plan B was Andrew Miller but that would likely depend on how well he is throwing for Lakeland. Ideally, he gets more than a couple of minor league starts. Other possibilities include Zach Miner who is currently pitching for Toledo and Wil Ledezma. Ledezma pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings today and is now unscored upon in 4 innings. He would seem like the best candidate except that I think they'd really like to leave him in the bullpen if they can. Hopefully Durbin postpones the fifth starter decision with a a stronger start next Saturday versus the Blue Jays.
Offensively, the Tigers continued their early season team hitting slump. Magglio Ordonez and Placido Polanco led the 7 hit attack with 2 hits apiece. Polanco, who is one of the few Tiger hitters off to a fast start, is now 11 for 26. Since he has no walks nor extra base hits, he has an usual batting line of .423/.423/.423. On the negative side, Brandon Inge went hitless again today and is now 0 for 20 with 8 strikeouts.
Tomorrow night, it will be Nate Robertson versus Jaret Wright in game two of the series.