On a day that the Tigers will be receiving their AL Champion rings, the weather will be reminiscent of the day in October on which they won it. The forecast is cold with a chance of rain/snow. If the game ends up being played the wind may play a factor as gusts up to 50 mph could occur. But enough meteorology out of me, the pitching match up is Nate Robertson vs. A.J. Burnett. Here are the line-ups:
A blow-out that turned into a nail biter. Nonetheless, the Tigers hold on for the win and even it up to 1-1 for the year. The Tigers again were a bit more patient drawing 9 walks, and everyone reached base at least once. Carlos Guillen pulled off a couple more good plays at shortstop. Sean Casey made his share of nice plays on askew tosses to first base. Magglio Ordonez was to fielding as Todd Jones is to pitching today. Nate Robertson looked solid, drawing a bunch of groundballs, and striking out 4 in 5 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney was shaky once again, allowing three hits and giving up three runs in that nightmare 8th inning.
Curtis Granderson. Knocked in 5 and had his first career grand slam in the 3rd inning. His triple in the 7th ended up driving in what ended up being the deciding run.
Magglio Ordonez. while the swirling winds might have had something to do with it, his fielding in today's game was downright atrocious. The dive for the ball that he ended up missing and resulted in a triple and 3 runs in, made the game a lot closer than it needed to be.
Tigers Record (1-1)