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GIF: Danny Worth makes his pitching debut, impresses with wicked knuckleball

Shortstop Danny Worth was arguably the Tigers' best pitcher today, striking out two in a scoreless inning.

Duane Burleson

It's not often that a position player gets the chance to pitch in a major league game. The last time a non-pitcher toed the rubber for the Tigers was when Don Kelly worked 1/3 of an inning against the New York Mets in 2011. The last time we saw a position player pitching in a Tigers game, Ryan Raburn worked an inning for the Cleveland Indians last August. We cheered the Indians sorrow and rubbed salt in the wound by analyzing Raburn's mechanics.

Today, Danny Worth took the mound in the ninth inning of a 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Texas Rangers. I planned on writing another Amateur Scouting Report... but Worth actually looked good. He debuted a nasty knuckleball that danced all over the strike zone and flummoxed the bottom of the Rangers' lineup.

After a single by Chris Gimenez, Michael Choice didn't even bother swinging at this particularly devious offering. He later struck out swinging.


Then, Luis Sardinas flailed wildly at another knuckleball before flying out to left.


Worth finished off the inning by catching Leonys Martin looking with a 68 mile per hour knuckler.