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Schlereth before a spring training game versus the Phillies By Eric Hampton

By Kevin Alan Lamb

Undoubtedly one of the biggest characters in the Tiger clubhouse, 25-year-old Daniel Schlereth is a two-pitch-pitcher (fastball and curve) that Detroit fans have grown to depend on in the late innings, since being from the Diamondbacks along with Max Scherzer, in 2009.

“Detroit fans are great, everyone in here will tell you that,” Schlereth said. “They show up every game and are extremely supportive. They love their sports and back their teams. It’s really all you can ask for.”

Son of former NFL guard and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, the lefty tells himself one thing to calm down when he is struggling on the mound:

“Slow down, that’s it. If I’m having a bad day it’s because I’m rushing,” the native of Anchorage, Alas. told Sportz Detroit Magazine.

When he’s not playing baseball, Schlereth like many Alaskans seeks adventure in the great outdoors.

“I love to fish and hunt, oh jees, if I had to pick, I’ve been fishing longer, so fishing,” Schlereth said. “I caught a 55-pound King Salmon when I was eight.”

On off days Schlereth and Porcello head north for some R and R.

“Me and Ricky go to the AuSable River with a guide, it’s pretty cool,” Schlereth said.

During his senior year at Highlands Ranch High School in Colora., Schlereth struck out a school record 19 batters in a single game.

In a 2011 season full of memorable games, one stands out from the rest for the former high school QB:

“Beating New York, Game 5, in New York… that’s the greatest baseball achievement I’ve had. It’s sweet because their fans are so vulgar. One of the reasons you want to beat them is because their fans are terrible, especially being in the bullpen listening to them all day,” Schlereth said.

Schlereth broke the school rushing record in a single season by a QB and had the longest run from scrimmage in school history, 96 yards. He was named Colorado Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year his senior season.

If magic will be made in 2012, it stems from a collective appreciation and team mentality in the clubhouse.

“This team, great guys, staff of coaches, makes it really fun to beat a franchise like New York because everyone here deserved it,” Schlereth said.

Given the opportunity to meet any musician, living or dead, the Alaskan offered icons from both rock and country:

“Jonathan Davis from Korn or George Straight,” Schlereth said.

Needing one out, with bases loaded, late, there is only batter the lefty would rather not see:

“Robinson Cano. I’m not scared to face him, I just don’t want to,” a grinning Schlereth said.

Kevin favorite three musical acts are The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, and Mumford and Sons.

By Eric Hampton