“I thought he was real close,” Ausmus said. “I think he thought he was close until that one pitch.”
“I don’t know what’s going on today,” Sanchez said, “but for sure everything’s going to change soon.”
David Price dazzled again Friday, allowing only one earned run over eight innings as the Tigers notched a win over the White Sox.
“I just wanted to give him one more day off the left side,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday morning.
Verlander told reporters Wednesday that fatigue, not pain, cut the session short.
“I tied my cleats four different times before I went out there,” Greene said.
“The energy for Opening Day, for me it’s a kin to the Super Bowl. It’s kind of an unofficial holiday for Michigan and Detroit. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it.”
Ausmus said Nathan felt okay before he pitched Monday, but when Nathan threw Wednesday, Ausmus could tell the elbow was troubling Nathan.
“If this was September, it might be a different story,” Verlander added. “I might be pitching through some stuff right now, but talking with the coaching staff, they don’t want me to do that right now.”
In the grand scheme of a season, Opening Day is only one of 162 games, but for baseball lovers, the first game holds a unique appeal.