DETROIT (AP) -- Felix Hernandez was pretty impressive in his
major league debut. Sean Douglass was even better.
Douglass (4-1) outpitched his 19-year-old opponent, throwing
eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory
Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Douglass allowed one run and
three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
"That was -- pick an adjective -- brilliant, outstanding. He was
on the plate and he stayed ahead of the hitters," Tigers manager
Alan Trammell said. "He's had seven outings for us, and six of
them have been good ones, but this one might have been his best."
The highly touted Hernandez (0-1) gave up two runs -- one earned
-- and three hits in five innings for Seattle, which got a home run
from Raul Ibanez.
"I felt a little nervous," Hernandez said. "I know I pitched
well, but I can't be happy because the team lost."
Hernandez obviously had the jitters early on, walking Carlos
Guillen and Chris Shelton and giving up two singles in the first
inning. Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's single.
Hernandez settled down after a visit to the mound from his
teammates and pitching coach Bryan Price. The right-hander retired
his next five batters before ending the day with four strikeouts.
"Not too shabby," Trammell said. "Getting out of that first
inning was huge for him, because you could see he was nervous, but
he got that big double-play ball and then he settled in."
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said before the game that
Hernandez would throw about 80-85 pitches in an effort to make it
feel like any other game. Hernandez ended up throwing 81 pitches,
49 for strikes.
"A pretty impressive debut, rough luck there in the first
inning, but he threw the ball well. He got better as he went
along," Hargrove said. "We'll increase his pitch count the next
Hernandez became the youngest major league starter since Jose
Rijo pitched for the New York Yankees in 1984. Hernandez dominated
the Pacific Coast League while pitching at Triple-A Tacoma, going
9-4 with a 2.25 ERA.
Ibanez hit his 100th career homer leading off the seventh to
pull Seattle to 2-1.
Young added an RBI single in the eighth, and Fernando Rodney got
three outs for his second save.
The Tigers scored their second run without a hit.
Polanco, who was hit by a pitch, stole second base in the third.
He reached third on Shelton's groundout before scoring on a passed
ball to make it 2-0.
The Mariners optioned RHP Clint Nageotte to Triple-A Tacoma
after he made his major league debut Wednesday. Nageotte took the
roster spot of RHP Jorge Campillo, who was placed on the disabled
list with an elbow injury. A team doctor said Campillo will need
Tommy John surgery. ... Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4 and is
hitless in 19 at-bats. ... Slumping Detroit 3B Brandon Inge was
back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday, snapping his 141
consecutive games played streak. ... Detroit CF Nook Logan got his
20th stolen base.