If it happens twice, you'll know for sure why.

Rick Porcello made his third start of the spring Monday, working four scoreless innings with six strikeouts in the Tigers' 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros at Joker Marchant Stadium.

In the stands were more than a few scouts.

OK, a lot of scouts.

If the same amount shows up the next time he pitches, it will prove just how hot a commodity Porcello appears to be turning into this spring.

Why?

A) He's only 24.

B) He has four years of major-league experience under his belt.

C) He's not assured of a spot in the Tigers' starting rotation because Drew Smyly also is pitching well — and, therefore, could be available.

D) Plus many, if not most, teams could use another starter.

That could include the Texas Rangers, who inquired Monday about Porcello, according to a report on ESPN.com Dallas/Fort Worth.

Porcello maintained, after Monday's start, he's been able to block out any and all speculation that involves him

For one thing, he's not on Twitter. If FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets, as he did Monday, the scouts were at Marchant Stadium to see Porcello, the Tigers' right-hander doesn't see it.

And if a relative calls to tell him what they've read or heard, he doesn't really want to hear it — because it serves no productive purpose for him as he gets ready for the Tigers' season.

"Stuff like that," said Porcello, "it is what it is. My focus is here. I'm in camp with the Tigers. I'm looking to do stuff with this club.

"If something happens, I'll adjust accordingly. I've been saying that since TigerFest."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130304/SPORTS0104/303040414#ixzz2Mg14ukhj