Tigers 8, Royals 4

The 2010 season for the Detroit Tigers
has started with a notch in the win column. The Tigers beat the Royals,
8-4.

What began as an epic match-up between last years Cy Young Award
winner Zach Greinke and Cy Young nominee Justin Verlander ended with a
no decision for both.

Verlander gave up six hits resulting in 4 runs over five innings.
Joel Zumaya came on in the sixth to face a total of four batters (one in
the seventh) to pick up the win.

Robinson Tejada took the loss
for Kansas City.

The Tigers had a tough time against Greinke, managing only 2 runs –
one earned against him. The Kansas City bullpen took over in the seventh
inning. That was Detroit’s fortune. The Tigers went to work on Roman
Colon, Tejada, and Juan Cruz. The three relievers were knocked around
for 6 runs.

Nearly every Tiger’s player pitched in during this game, but
certainly most eyes were on the rookies, Austin Jackson and Scott
Sizemore.

Austin Jackson doubled and struck out twice. Sizemore walked, struck
out and scored one run.

Jackson wasn’t the only one to hit a double today. Magglio Ordonez,
Johnny Damon, and Brandon Inge each chimed in with two-baggers.

Detroit will have an off day tomorrow. On Wednesday we will get our
first look at Max Scherzer in the regular season. He will face Luke
Hochevar.

By the way, Jeremy Bonderman began serving a three game suspension.
The suspension was handed down last season after Bonderman hit Delmon
Young with a pitch during a game on October 1, 2009. He will make his
2010 debut Saturday against Cleveland.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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One Response to Tigers 8, Royals 4

  1. dtigger says:

    Verlander never got into a groove and the Tigers could not score off him. But, it was great to see hits from Jackson, Damon, Maggs, Cabrera, Guillen and Inge. We need to start scoring runs evry inning instead of scoring in big bunches. Great Comeback!
    Brady-
    http://5toolblog.mlblogs.com/
    http://roaringinthed.wordpress.com/

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