Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Garrett Hill, Detroit Tigers top Cleveland Guardians

Detroit — Tattooed on Garrett Hill’s left arm is a baseball, with the seams colored red. Inscribed around it are the words Dignity, Respect, Pride and Honor. It offers a little window into what’s inside this bespectacled right-hander.

“My coach at Santa Rosa Junior College (Tom Francois) told me that’s what every man has, dignity, respect, pride and honor,” Hill said. “I took that to heart and thought it was super cool. That meant a lot to me.”

Tigers pitcher Garrett Hill throws against the Guardians in the third inning Monday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

As he showed in a historically impressive big-league debut Monday at Comerica Park, there’s more here than what his studious exterior may suggest.

Barely recruited out of high school and a 26th-round draft pick in 2018, Hill was in Double-A Erie just a few weeks ago. But in six innings against the pesky-hitting Cleveland Guardians, Hill allowed only a solo home run to Josh Naylor and single in six innings.

BOX SCORE: Tigers 4, Guardians 1

“That’s why everyone starts playing this game,” Hill said after sending the Tigers to a 4-1 win over Central Division-rival Cleveland in Game 1 of the Fourth of July doubleheader. “For a chance to get to this level. To be able to live out that dream is amazing.”

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