Shane Greene came up with the New York Yankees in July of last season and shut down the Detroit Tigers while winning both starts against them.
Tigers' general manager Dave Dombrowski found a way to bring him to the Motor City in the offseason, and Greene hasn't disappointed.
The right-hander seeks a third straight solid outing as Detroit hosts the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Dombrowski acquired Greene in a three-team trade with the Yankees and Arizona in December, projecting the 26-year-old would slide into a rotation that eventually would be thinned by the trade of Rick Porcello and departure of Max Scherzer in free agency.
Greene (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has been dominant in his first two starts with the Tigers (9-2), giving up an unearned run in eight innings of a 7-1 win over Minnesota on April 9 before going the same distance and scattering three hits in a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
No Tigers pitcher has ever went three starts without allowing an earned run to start a season.
''Guys have made me feel welcome here from the beginning, but it's been a little extra special to win a couple of games,'' Greene said. "You want the guys to know you can contribute.''
His solid start has taken on greater importance with Justin Verlander on the disabled list with a right triceps strain.
''(Greene) has so much movement on his pitches,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''As long as he keeps the ball in the strike zone, he's always going to be tough to hit.''
Greene had a so-so outing in his only start against the White Sox, giving up three runs and nine hits while striking out seven in five innings of the Yankees' 4-3 win Aug. 22.
He settled down in that outing after giving up a three-run homer in the first inning to Jose Abreu, who hit a grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning of Chicago's 12-3 win on Saturday.
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer, and Melky Cabrera finished 4 for 5 for the White Sox (4-6), who scored three runs while dropping its previous two games.
''Everybody knows what we are capable of doing. It was a good day for us,'' Abreu said through an interpreter. ''I hope we can keep this momentum for the next one.''
J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit, which scored five runs while winning its previous three, including Friday's series opener 2-1.
Yoenis Cespedes, acquired in the offseason deal that sent Porcello to Boston, went 0 for 3 on Saturday after homering the previous day. Cespedes is 4 for 6 with two homers and a double off Jose Quintana, who gets the start for Chicago in the series finale.
Quintana (1-0, 4.09) bounced back from a rough season debut by giving up an unearned run and three hits over six innings of Tuesday's 4-1 win over Cleveland. He did issue a pair of walks, though, after walking one and hitting two batters in a 7-5 loss to Kansas City on April 8.
''Q was erratic,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''He's a strong kid. He battles and at least gets you to the point where you can get the bullpen in there. He bobbed and weaved as well as he could."
The left-hander has won his last two starts against the Tigers, giving up four runs in 13 innings over those outings. However, Victor Martinez (7 for 18), Rajai Davis (10 for 26), and Miguel Cabrera (7 for 20) all have hit Quintana well.