Thomson ReutersApril 19, 2014 19:07
LHP Drew Smyly made his first start of the season Friday, officially marking his return to the rotation for the first time since 2012. Smyly pitched out of the bullpen last year and early this season due to days off and weather postponements that allowed Detroit to go with four starters. His longest relief outing this year was three innings, which he equaled Friday in his first start. Smyly was erratic with his fastball and allowed four runs on six hits and two walks. "You can't really blame Smyly," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was his first start in three weeks.