LAKELAND, Fla. -- Rick Porcello has plenty of innings left before he's ready for the start of the season, but he looked ready for his first regular-season opponent. His three scoreless innings on one hit put the Tigers in command early, but Nolan Reimold's three-run homer in the sixth inning powered the Orioles ahead for a 6-2 victory Friday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Cesar Izturis' third-inning bloop single down the left-field line was the lone hit off Porcello, who retired the first eight batters he faced. Five of the sinkerballer's nine outs came on ground balls. He's slated to make his first regular-season start April 4 in Baltimore.
The Orioles busted out against lefty prospect Charlie Furbush, who paid for uncharacteristic command problems. After Furbush stranded two runners he walked in the fifth, a leadoff single from Randy Winn and a walk to Brendan Harris immediately put him back in trouble in the sixth. He regrouped to retire Felix Pie and Jake Fox, but Reimold turned on a pitch and sent it into the stiff wind blowing to left for his second homer of the spring.
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Jake Fox added a two-run home run in the eighth for his second homer of the spring. Ryan Strieby hit a ninth-inning solo shot for Detroit.
Up next for the Orioles: The O's return home to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., where they play host to American League East rival Boston for the first time this spring at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. Brad Bergesen will make his second Grapefruit League start and will be followed by a group that includes Mark Hendrickson, Michael Gonzalez, Jim Johnson and Clay Rapada.
Up next for the Tigers: Detroit divides into split squads for the second time in five days, this time for road trips in opposite directions. Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Inge, Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn will be among the Tigers making the drive west to Dunedin, Fla., with top prospect Jacob Turner for a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup with the Blue Jays. At the same time, Justin Verlander will be in Kissimmee, Fla., to make his second Spring Training start with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Magglio Ordonez, Victor Martinez, Boesch and Jhonny Peralta will join him. Both games will be on MLB.com Gameday Audio, while the Blue Jays matchup will be over the air on 97.1 FM and AM 1270 in Detroit.