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Romine finally makes Tigers debut against Orioles

DETROIT -- Friday was finally the day.

Infielder Andrew Romine was set to make his Tigers debut on Thursday against the Royals at shortstop, but the game was washed out. Many thought Romine would head back to the bench, but manager Brad Ausmus decided to go with the same lineup Friday, and Romine indeed made that debut.

The 28-year-old went 1-for-4 with a bunt single and a run scored in the Tigers' 10-4 win over the Orioles.

"Brad [Ausmus] had told us, let us know," Romine said before the game about the lineup. "He posted it early, and when he came in and when the game was canceled yesterday, he said, 'Same lineup.'"

There was rain in the forecast early Friday, but it cleared up near game time, save for a 34-minute rain delay in the fourth inning. Romine was also charged with a fielding error in the fifth inning when he bobbled a toss from Ian Kinsler on a double-play attempt. Ausmus challenged the ruling, but the call was confirmed.

"Try and stay even-keeled," Romine said before the game. "Obviously, this is Game 1 for me, but we've been playing and have a winning mindset. I'm just trying to get myself ready to help the team as much as I can."

Chris Vannini is a contributor to Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for
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