By Jason Beck
CHICAGO – The Tigers lost the much-anticipated pitching duel Saturday afternoon, but won the battle of Major League debuts Saturday night. With six shutout innings from lefty Kyle Ryan, Detroit came out of its day-night doubleheader with a split, salvaging an 8-4 win over the White Sox.
Ryan became the 12th Tigers pitcher to make his Major League debut this season, and the 11th different Tiger to start a game. His debut ranked among the best, and couldn’t have come at a much better time for a team at serious risk of a doubleheader sweep.
Ryan made the step up less than a month after his promotion from Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo, citing part of his success with the Mud Hens to hitters who hadn’t seen him before. That unfamiliarity seemed to carry over to the big leagues, but so did his penchant for throwing strikes.