Ian Krol and Joba Chamberlain each threw an inning of scoreless relief and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth in a non-save situation with a four-run lead.
The 32nd annual event was memorable, not only for the sunshine and blue skies, but for the throngs of fans who flooded the city ready to party like the longest winter in history was over.
Don’t miss your chance to come to Comerica Park for Opening Weekend 2014.
Just as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter feared back in August, instant replay may mean no more manager arguments, at least for Brad Ausmus.
Joe Nathan, Alex Gonzalez and Tyler Collins were among the new players who chalked up some big plays on Opening Day.
“For me, the most important thing is for guys to relax,” Nathan continued. “We’ve got to go down there, continue to have fun.”
Even with the addition of metal detectors, security at Comerica will not be as intense as it is at other venues.
The Detroit Tigers home opener is Monday against the Kansas City Royals and fans are excited for this season.
For all the trouble weather caused Nabozny and the rest of the Detroit Tigers grounds crew, the process could have been even more hectic.
Brad Ausmus had the piece of paper with the Opening Day lineup ready to go Sunday. “I know you’ve been waiting,” he said with a grin.