Dotel makes history with 700th appearance

Dotel makes history with 700th appearance

DETROIT -- With his appearance in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Rangers, right-handed relief pitcher Octavio Dotel became the 93rd pitcher in Major League history to appear in 700-plus games.

"It's good to get to that point," Dotel said Saturday. "It's good to hit the mark. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to make it to this point. I don't know how many more are coming up, but at this point, I feel really good."

The 38-year-old reliever took over after Justin Verlander's six innings and picked up right where he left off, throwing a scoreless seventh. The Tigers went on to win, 3-2.

"I was kind of nervous tonight, because I've seen what they've been doing in the first two games [against] the good pitchers we've got," Dotel said. "Look at Verlander. He's been throwing eight innings every time he goes out there, and tonight he barely made it to six."

The 700 appearances wasn't the only history Dotel has made this season. On April 7, Dotel became the first player in Major League history to appear with 13 teams.