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Friday, April 8, 2016

Detroit Tigers off to a Cracking Start

Comerica Park in Detroit, USA.
Comerica Park in Detroit, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although it sure didn't feel like baseball weather here, Tuesday was Tigers Opening Day in sunny Miami. Justin Verlander was on the bump against a Marlins side looking to improve on their 2015 season. Manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds were brought in to help change a team that had the 2nd worst offense and a respectable record last year. Verlander took a no-hitter into the sixth and only gave up three runs. Detroit seemed in good hands for the ninth inning with a 7-4 lead, and new closer Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez coming in from the bullpen. After the Marlins tied it up in the 9th, Ian Kinsler delivered a game-winning single in extra innings.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, formerly of the Marlins, had 4 RBIs to power the Tigers' 7-3 win on Wednesday. The Tigers then had an off-day to travel home for Friday's home opener against the Yankees. It was a chilly 38 degrees for Jordan Zimmermann's first pitch, and baseball had officially begun Detroit. Zimmerman went seven strong innings, and Miguel Cabrera's 7th inning homer was the dagger in a four to nothing win.