Starting pitcher Michael Pineda out after line drive breaks finger, but Detroit Tigers still post shutout on Saturday

Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario, second from right, turns a double play over the Baltimore Orioles' Trey Mancini on a ground ball from the Orioles' Anthony Santander in the fourth inning in Detroit on Saturday. (AP photo)


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DETROIT — Tigers starter Michael Pineda exited early after a line drive broke a finger on his pitching hand and the Detroit bullpen dominated the rest of the way, teaming on a four-hitter to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

Pineda retired all four hitters he faced, but had to leave after Ramon Urias’ liner broke the middle finger on his right hand in the second inning.

“We don’t know yet if he will need surgery, but he’s going to be out for a while,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t have everyone available in the bullpen today, but everyone got in line and did what we needed them to do.”

Wily Peralta replaced him, with the game delayed to give him time to warm up.

“I’ve never had to warm up on the mound in my career, and I didn’t really get a chance to figure out what was working,” he said. “I had a couple good fastballs at the end, so I started out throwing those and worked from there.”

Peralta (1-0) set down eight batters and four more relievers finished. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Eric Haase and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who clinched their first series win at home this season. The Detroit defense also contributed, turning four double plays.

“It’s nice to hit some balls out, because that’s something we haven’t done much early on,” Hinch said.