HOUSTON - It's only natural that All-Star Game talk would arise for Rick Porcello in the 24 hours after his first career Major League complete game shutout.
Porcello gave up just three hits to the Rangers in the Tigers' 6-0 win Thursday night for their seventh-straight win. The shutout brought his ERA down to 3.41 for the season and improved his record to 10-4.
On Friday morning, Ausmus answered questions about Porcello's case for making the All-Star team.
"Absolutely," Ausmus said. "I don't want to jinx the guy, but it's certainly a legitimate discussion."
Ausmus went on to say that while Porcello is young at 25 years old, he's actually quite experienced, having pitched for the Tigers for six seasons, including multiple playoff games.
Porcello could join his teammate Miguel Cabrera, who has a stout lead in the voting at first base.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less