Romine makes appearance on mound vs. Twins

Romine makes appearance on mound vs. Twins

The Tigers' pitching staff took a beating Friday night in the 20-6 loss to the Twins, but at least their eighth-inning man had an acceptable excuse for allowing three runs on four hits in one frame.

That's because their eighth-inning man was shortstop Andrew Romine.

With the Tigers trailing 17-6 entering the bottom of the eighth, manager Brad Ausmus called upon Romine, who had never pitched an inning in either the Majors or Minors.

"He took one for the team," Ausmus said. "He picked us up, really. Didn't really matter how he pitched, we just were hoping that he could get through three outs without an injury or overextending himself."

Romine, who threw 27 pitches -- 15 of them strikes, saved the Tigers' bullpen a bit, but in the process served up back-to-back homers to Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe after surrendering a leadoff double.

But the Twins couldn't get anything else across on him, and he even picked up his first big league strikeout, getting Kurt Suzuki looking for the first out.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.