Friday could be a big day for Detroit manager Jim Leyland.

It could be historic.

Following Thursday's 3-0 win against the A's, the veteran skipper needs one more victory to become the 19th manager in Major League history to reach 1,500 wins.

He's already in elite company.

Leyland's win total is second among active managers behind St. Louis' Tony La Russa, who has 2,644 wins and counting.

The question remains: Who will be the winning pitcher in Leyland's historical victory? Detroit starter Rick Porcello hopes he's the answer.

What's certain is that Porcello will need to pitch better.

After two starts, Porcello is struggling to find a secondary pitch to keep hitters from keying in on his sinker. Command of his slider and four-seam fastball could be the key to victory Friday.

Porcello gave up five runs on nine hits in five innings against the Royals in his last outing.

"I don't think my mix of pitches was [executed] very well, and then at times when I needed to make some pitches and locate some fastballs, I didn't do it quite well enough," Porcello said. "It's something I have to bear down on and focus on. It's inexcusable to not make the right pitch selection that I need to make to get those guys out."

So far, so good for Brandon McCarthy. The Oakland starter compiled 12 ground-ball outs and one fly-ball out and surrendered two runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last start against the Twins. He threw 73 of his 107 pitches for strikes and struck out five while walking none in his first win since 2009.

"Any time I go out there, [command] has got to be one of my strong points," McCarthy said. "I have to be able to hit my spots and move the ball around. I did a pretty good job of that [against Minnesota] and was able to stay consistent."

Tigers: The Tigers hit one double Thursday and had racked up at least two doubles in each of the first 12 games of the season. It was the longest streak since the Tigers hit at least two doubles in 13 games to start the season in 1993.

• Miguel Cabrera is hitting .350 with 41 doubles, one triple, 27 home runs and 109 RBIs in 117 games against the AL West in his career.

• Magglio Ordonez, who has missed the last three games because of bursa fluid collecting behind his right ankle, said he hopes to return to the field Saturday.

Athletics: Injured closer Andrew Bailey pitched a bullpen session Thursday, but said there is still no timetable for his return from the disabled list. Bailey opened the season on the DL with a strained right forearm. He was eligible to return on April 6.

• In a scoring change by the American League office, A's second baseman Mark Ellis was awarded a triple for a fly ball on April 9 at Minnesota that was initially scored a three-base error on Denard Span. The triple was Ellis' 22nd of his career, tying Sal Bando for eighth in Oakland history.

• The A's have committed four errors in their past three games after playing six consecutive games without an error. They set a club record with nine errors in their first four games this season.

Worth noting: Thursday's game marked the first of eight games between the clubs at the Oakland Coliseum this season. It's the first time since the start of divisional play in 1969 that the Tigers have been scheduled to play more than six games in Oakland in one season.

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