Is today the beginning of a prosperous major league career for Rick Porcello with the Detroit Tigers or more of a learning hurdle, as Justin Verlander's first major league start was, back in 2005?
Different situations, obviously, as Porcello won a job in Spring Training, while Verlander made a spot start in a doubleheader. Not to mention the different points each pitcher was at in their careers. But this is going to be a very intriguing afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Also making his first major league start will be Ricky Romero for the Blue Jays. And as you've probably heard or read by now, this will be the first time two first-round draft picks rookie pitchers have made their debuts against each other.
With a day game after a night game, Gerald Laird and Placido Polanco are sitting this one out. Matt Treanor will make his first start of the season at catcher, and Ramon Santiago fills in at second base. Marcus Thames will also get the start in left field and bat second in the lineup today, with Carlos Guillen back at designated hitter.