It can't all be about the would-be closer. A hard-luck starter trying to bounce back from a decade of injuries deserves some attention, too. Bruce Rondon struck out the side in the fifth inning, his only inning, in the Tigers' 3-0 victory on Saturday over the Cardinals. His first pitch was 100 miles an hour. He also walked a batter on four pitches and needed a "settle down" visit to the mound from pitching coach Jeff Jones. After the game, manager Jim Leyland said the media attention on Rondon has been even "more persistent" than he thought it would be and said: "You guys need to get off the closer kick. It's going to go to the wire." But when a team's would-be closer gets escalated to an every-other-day schedule with two weeks remaining in camp, there are going to be questions. As a balance to the day, however, there were also questions about Shawn Hill, a Canadian who goes so far back in his efforts to establish himself that he broke in at the major-league level with Montreal.
Journeyman Hill shares spotlight with Rondon in Tigers victory
Detroit News | Mar 17