Miner's debut will be Major

Miner's debut will be Major

Zach Miner's Major League debut will come in front of what should be close to a capacity crowd on Sunday at Comerica Park. The catch is he'll be pitching to Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

"I've gotten them out on video games," Miner said. "Hopefully, it'll transfer over."

Miner's shift to the rotation on Thursday was the second move in the wake of Mike Maroth's surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow. Roman Colon started in Maroth's place on Tuesday and gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Though manager Jim Leyland said the move wasn't made until he knew how long Maroth would be out, Miner's arrival on Wednesday fueled suspicion that the shift was coming. He had worked his way to the Majors on the strength of a 6-0 record and 2.82 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Toledo. While not an overpowering pitcher by any means, he has used a newfound two-seam fastball to success, raising his ratio of ground ball to fly ball outs to 2.21.

That success punched his ticket to the Majors after six Minor League seasons. He was one of the final cuts out of Spring Training with the Atlanta Braves last year before being dealt to the Tigers system last July in the Kyle Farnsworth trade.

He had just three days to prepare for his Major League debut. Yet in many ways, he's been preparing for it all his life.

"I've prepared myself forever," he said. "Especially when you're doing well, and you're close, you think about it. I'm sure it's going to be a great day no matter what happens."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Matt Clement (4-4, 6.91 ERA)
Clement is going through a bit of a rough stretch at the moment. He gave up eight runs to the Yankees in a four-inning outing on May 24, then allowed six runs to Toronto five days later, getting the hook after just 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest start of the season to date. The eight-year veteran -- a National Leaguer until 2005 -- has never faced the Tigers.

DET: RHP Zach Miner (6-0, 2.82 ERA in Triple-A Toledo)
Miner becomes the first Tigers pitcher to make his Major League debut in a start since Justin Verlander last July. No Detroit pitcher has won his big-league debut since Andy Van Hekken shut out the Indians on Sept. 3, 2002.

Player to watch
Magglio Ordonez is 6-for-13 with two doubles and an RBI lifetime against Clement.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• FSN Detroit

On radio
• WXYT-AM 1270

Up next
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 5-3, 3.42) at White Sox (RHP Freddy Garcia, 7-3, 4.57), 8:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Tigers (RHP Justin Verlander, 7-3, 3.13) at White Sox (RHP Jose Contreras, 5-0, 2.53), 8:05 p.m. ET

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.