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Detroit Tigers fall to Braves & make pitching decisions

Mar 27th, 2013 - Sports News

— Tim Hudson pitched four innings in his final spring tuneup while Braves reliever Jonny Venters left early with a sprained elbow Tuesday in Atlanta's 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Hudson allowed one run. He is set to start the opener next Monday at home against Philadelphia.

Venters exited in the sixth after hurting his left elbow in his first appearance since March 13, when he walked four. The lefty was listed as day-to-day.

Juan Francisco hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth off Brayan Villarreal. Ramiro Pena also homered for the Braves.

Don Kelly went 4 for 4 with a home run and two doubles for the Tigers.

Shawn Hill started for the Tigers and allowed two earned runs in five innings. He was sent to Triple-A Toledo after his outing.

— Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.

Porcello was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the AL champions last season, when Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie. Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six spring training appearances; Smyly is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

Detroit also said Tuesday that utilityman Matt Tuiasosopo will be on the opening-day roster. Signed to a minor league contract in November, he is batting .327 with six doubles during spring training.

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