Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly have become good friends.

In spring training, they will compete for the final spot in the Tigers' rotation.

"I was in that situation one year with Oakland," pitching coach Jeff Jones said Saturday. "My best friend on the team was Rick Lysander, and we were competing for the final spot in the bullpen in spring training.

"We were both encouraging each other. I never wanted to see him fail.

"If the guy that you are competing against does well, it just motivates you to do better. I think it will be the same thing here with Drew and Rick. Knowing both, I don't think either will want the other to fail."