DETROIT – Jarrod Washburn’s debut with the Detroit Tigers was forgettable.
Washburn was upstaged by Brian Matusz, who looked stellar in his major league debut, as Baltimore routed Detroit, 8-2, on Tuesday night.
“I was terrible,” Washburn said.
He also admitted that he was a little more nervous than usual because he wanted to get off to a good start with his new team.
Washburn was a couple of days off of his usual schedule.
Sunday would have been his normal day to pitch, based on his turn in the Seattle rotation.
But he refused to lean on that.
“No excuses. I didn’t do my job,” he said. “I didn’t have command.”
Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland isn’t worried about Washburn.
“He was rusty. You could see his command wasn’t there,” Leyland said. “... He’s not going to be an issue for us. He’s going to be good for us. We have other things much worse than that.”
Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis each homered, drove in three runs and had three hits for Baltimore. Izturis also made two outstanding defensive plays.
Matusz (1-0), the fourth pick overall in the 2008 draft, allowed a run and six hits in five innings in his major league debut. He walked three and struck out five.
“He has tremendous mound presence and has command of four pitches. He is going to be a top-of-the-rotation starter,” Orioles’ manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s going to be good for a very long time ...This night belonged to him.”
Matusz was 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA for Double-A Bowie before being recalled on Tuesday.
“It (major league debut) came really fast. It was something that I dreamed as a kid,” he said. “I was ready ... I won’t fool you, I was nervous. After the first strike I calmed down a bit but it was tough working on my mechanics all night.”
Washburn (8-7), who was acquired from Seattle on July 31 in a deal for pitchers Luke French and Mauricio Robles, gave up six runs and six hits in 5 innings.
The six runs allowed matched a season high for him.