Rick Porcello is ready for the season to begin, and manager Jim Leyland is ready on his behalf.

"He looks good," Leyland said. "He's had a good spring."

Not that spring training records mean much, but Porcello is 4-1 after a 6-3 victory over the Marlins on Monday.

Porcello's ERA in six starts is 3.00, and he's not walked anyone in 24 innings.

"He's been pretty sharp all spring," Leyland said.

Not walking anyone doesn't mean Porcello has had perfect command, however.

"My command has been OK as far as not walking guys," he said. "But I want to get ahead of hitters better than I did today.

"You want to throw quality strikes. But, sure, not walking anyone is a good sign."

Porcello allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. One of the hits was a fourth-inning home run by former Tigers prospect Rob Brantly.

Casali dealt for Lobstein

The Tigers retained Rule 5 pick Kyle Lobstein , a left-handed pitcher, by trading catcher Curt Casali to the Rays.

Lobstein wasn't impressively effective in seven appearances for the Tigers (7.50 ERA), but the team liked his arm.

And because they are deep in the organization with catchers — an area where many other teams aren't — the Tigers were able to make the deal.

Casali, 24, was in camp with the Tigers earlier and went 1-for-8 in seven games. He was a 10th-round pick in 2011 and hit .250 last year at Lakeland.

"It's apparent he wasn't going to make our club," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But we've liked what we've seen.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130326/SPORTS0104/303260319#ixzz2OeQPT700