MIAMI -- Rick Porcello gave up a three-run double to Giancarlo Stanton on Friday night. He was pitching out of the bullpen, instead of starting.
Porcello was bumped as Friday's planned starter for lefty Jose Alvarez. The Tigers went on to lose, 3-2, to the Marlins.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland had announced before Friday's game at Marlins Park that Porcello would have a bullpen role in the postseason and he wants to prepare him for that by giving him some relief work in two of the final three games of the regular season.
Leyland wasn't ready to reveal just how Porcello will be used out of the bullpen or any other playoff roster decisions.
"I'm getting prepared to pitch in the playoffs," Porcello said after the game. "I don't know what situation I'm going to get called into but I'll be ready regardless."
Asked about the pitch Stanton, hit, Porcello said it was up.
"It kind of ran more than it sank," Porcello said.
Porcello said the preparation going in is different coming out of the pen than starting.
He said there was a "sense of excitement" when the phone in the bullpen rings.
"It's not like starting where you have the whole day to prepare and lock in," Porcello said. "You're sitting there watching the game and the phone rings, you're called on and you gotta flip a switch and be mentally prepared to go out there and make pitches."
He came out of the bullpen in the playoffs in 2011 and last season.
"I've done it a couple times now, so I know what to expect," he said.
Porcello went into Friday's game with a 13-8 record, one win short of tying his career-high 14 set as a rookie in 2009 and matched in 2011. Porcello, 24, is 61-50 in his five-year career with the Tigers.
"It's been a nice year," he said. "I made some nice strides. Just going to continue working hard and try to build off that."
Although Leyland ultimately makes the decision on who plays and who rests, Cabrera definitely wanted to get some at-bats before the playoffs.
Cabrera didn't want to rest the last weekend of the regular season because that would mean at least a week without facing major league pitchers before the playoffs.
Cabrera said the time off the Tigers had last season hurt his timing.
"We don't want that," Cabrera said. "I'm going to play the same way I played before. Let's get some at-bats and be ready for the playoffs."
Cabrera understands some fans think he should rest. "I want to be 100 (percent) in the playoffs," he said. "I'm very positive we're going to be good."
Cabrera said the off day on Thursday helped. He got treatment and felt good.
Don't expect to see Victor Martinez catching any of the games against the Marlins. Martinez is going to get some time at first base to give Prince Fielder some rest. "I think Victor Martinez can catch if I need him to catch," Leyland said. "But I don't need think I need to see him catch one of these three games to show that he can catch. I would be really kicking myself if I caught him one of these games and he got hurt going into the American League Divisional Series."
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