Tigers Today: April 5, 2010 – Opening Day

Today’s opener with the Royals marks the 110th Opening Day in Tigers history. The club enters action today with a 50-58-1 record in the previous 109 season openers. The Tigers and Royals have played six times previously on Opening Day, including a 5-4 Tigers loss in 2008 at Comerica Park — which began that dreadful 0-7 start.BehindHomePlate.jpg

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals
4:10 p.m ET – Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
On the air: Fox Sports Detroit and WXYT 1270-AM

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander, 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Zack Greinke, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Tigers Lineup

CF – Austin Jackson
LF – Johnny Damon
RF – Magglio Ordoñez
1B – Miguel Cabrera
DH – Carlos Guillen
3B – Brandon Inge
C – Gerald Laird
2B – Scott Sizemore
SS – Adam Everett

Tigers History Lesson

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 1985 – Acquired OF Alex Sanchez from the Giants for RHP Roger Mason
  • 1997 Brian Hunter has four hits and three stolen bases as the Tigers survive the White Sox, 15 – 12.

Here’s a look at how the Tigers have fared on other April 5 Opening Days:

  • 1974 – Orioles 3 – Tigers 2 – Boxscore
  • 1983 – Tigers 11 – Twins 3 – Boxscore
  • 1993 – A’s 9 – Tigers 4 – Boxscore
  • 1999 – Tigers 11 – Rangers 5 – Boxscore
  • 2004 – Tigers 7 – Blue Jays 0 – Boxscore

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