The Tigers used home runs from Ramon Santiago and Prince Fielder and a RBI single from Fielder in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds.
Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch homered for Detroit, but Tigers fall 6-5 on a squeeze play.
Manager Jim Leyland knows his team is solid when he enters a season with three $20-million-a-season players and his biggest problems are finding a fifth starter.
Manager Jim Leyland was blunt when outlining his goals for the opener. “A win — that’s it,” he said. “That’s the bottom line, isn’t it?”
Verlander further etched his name into the record books on May 7 at Toronto when he tossed the second no-hitter of his career, allowing just one walk in a 9-0 victory over the Blue Jays.
In no particular order, I have listed the top three all-time greatest single season performances seen in my lifetime.
The playoff opener between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees was suspended because of rain in the second inning, wiping out both No. 1 starters for a few days.
Individual game tickets for potential 2011 American League Championship Series home games at Comerica Park are on sale now.
Jim Leyland would have loved to see Justin Verlander make a little more history on Saturday night.
With Justin Verlander pitching Sunday, the National League won’t have to face him Tuesday at the All-Star Game in Phoenix. The Kansas City Royals aren’t as fortunate.