The journeyman starting pitcher will look to build on a dominating outing when the Tigers continue their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Douglass allowed one earned run and three hits over eight innings in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Seattle. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was making his seventh start since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo, bounced back nicely from an 8-4 loss to Oakland on July 29 in which he allowed seven earned runs over just 2 2-3 innings.
“That was—pick an adjective—brilliant, outstanding. He was on the plate and he stayed ahead of the hitters,” manager Alan Trammell said of Douglass’ effort against Seattle. “He’s had seven outings for us, and six of them have been good ones, but this one might have been his best.”
Douglass, a non-roster invitee to spring training, is pitching for his fourth team in four years. He made 14 appearances, including three starts, for the Blue Jays last season, going 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA.
Douglass ended the season as a minor league free agent worried about his future.
“Going into last offseason, for the first time, I did not know what was going to happen,” he said. “I was put on waivers. Nobody claimed me. For the first time, I felt like nobody (wanted) me. It was so weird.
“But I looked at it as, I’m 25 and there’s a lot of guys that don’t even make it until their late 20s. I felt like I still had a lot of upside. Detroit seemed like the place to go.”
The Blue Jays may be angry that they gave up on Douglass.
“Gosh, the way he’s pitched, I’m looking forward to having him in our rotation next year,” Trammell said.
The Tigers beat the Blue Jays 9-8 in 12 innings on Monday. Vance Wilson singled home the winning run for Detroit, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Carlos Guillen homered for the Tigers but left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised left knee.
Toronto’s Alex Rios went 5-for-5 with a homer—the most hits by a Blue Jays player since Frank Catalanotto had six on May 1, 2004, at Chicago. Corey Koskie and Orlando Hudson also homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost four of their last five.
Koskie’s homer was his first since May 11 against Kansas City.