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Detroit 4, Philadelphia 4: Tigers kiss their sister for 2nd straight day

LOOK MA, NO HANDS!! Rick Porcello tossed four innings but allowed two runs.
LOOK MA, NO HANDS!! Rick Porcello tossed four innings but allowed two runs.

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Detroit Tigers 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4

Welp, it was an interesting day of baseball. Sorta. The Tigers had their first of just two split-squad games scheduled for this season. Left-hander Drew Smyly was set to face the Houston Astros, but rain intervened. So that didn't happen.

In Clearwater, the other half of the Tigers' split-squad played to a 4-4 tie with the Phillies. That's two ties -- and two days of sister-kissin' -- in a row for Detroit. The teams did not feel the need to go to a skills competition to decide who won, so a tie will have to suffice.

There were a lot of 0-fer batting lines from the Tigers, but quite a few multi-hit games as well. Getting into the fun were Ramon Santiago (3-for-3), Ryan Raburn (2-for-3), Miguel Cabrera (2-for-3) and Don Kelly (2-for-2). Raburns hits were both extra-bases: a two-run (video) and a double.

On the pitching side of things, Rick Porcello stretched out to four innings, allowing two runs on six hits (highlight video includes 5-4-3 DP started by Cabrera). Daniel Schlereth struck out two in two-thirds an inning, but allowed a run on a lead-off hit by pitch, a walk and two-out single by JI-Jim Thome (video).

Active-roster longshot right-hander Brayan Villarreal allowed a hit during two scoreless innings on the mound, while roster-hopeful Chris Bootcheck tossed a scoreless inning with two hits allowed.

Reminder: If you didn't get a chance to see this game, it will replay on the MLB Network at midnight. So uhm, set your DVRs, I guess.