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Tigers | Rick Porcello focusing on slider

Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello, who will compete for the No. 5 rotation spot with SP Drew Smyly in spring training if he isn't traded before then, said he's been focusing on his slider this offseason and shoring up his mechanics with the help of mentor Jeff Jones. "Right now, I've been focusing on my slider, because that's the pitch that I'm going to throw more than my curveball generally," Porcello said. "A lot of it has to do with just your consistency in your delivery and your arm angle. If all of those fall into place, then your pitches should be where they need to be. That's the main thing I've been focusing on is just repeating my delivery and getting all my body parts where they need to be." Hitters were more aggressive against Porcello last season, but he allowed a .310 average against and he allowed the most doubles in baseball with 53. His struggles with command led to left-handed hitters feasting off of him.

2013-01-31 13:01:13 | Source: - Jason Beck

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