Dirks Responds To Move Up In Batting Order

–LF Andy Dirks was bumped to second in the batting order and responded with a single in the first plus a solo home run in the eighth. The move was made to give a spark to an underperforming offense. “I don’t think it changes things (for me) a whole lot,” Dirks said. “I’ve hit fifth, eighth and in the three-hole last year. In my career, I’ve hit just about everywhere. Once you get in the batter’s box, it’s just you and the pitcher.” “Dirks can move the ball around a little,” manager Jim Leyland said. “That was a real big home run because it put us two runs up.”

–RHP Rick Porcello turned in his second strong outing since adopting a hands-behind-the-head wind-up with nobody on base. He gave up a bases-empty home run to 1B Adam Dunn in the first inning but pitched shutout ball the rest of his 6 1/3 inning stint.

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