A finger injury forced Rick Porcello to start throwing later in 2011, and his velocity suffered. The Tigers right-hander is doing everything he can to avoid the same fate in 2012.
Ivan Rodriguez played his 2,056th game as a catcher, tying Gary Carter for third on the all-time list, Friday night for the Detroit Tigers against Kansas City.
In a convention of Hall of Fame catchers, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter and Yogi Berra gathered Friday to honor Mike Piazza, who snapped Fisk's mark of 351 homers by a catcher before shifting to primarily first base.
Mike Piazza is the greatest hitter ever at the position, but where does he rank overall among the game's legends?