Leading Off: Today marks the 113th Opening Day in Tigers history. The Tigers are 52-59-1 in the previous 112 season openers.
This is the seventh time the Tigers have opened the against the Twins, the first time since March 31, 2003 at Comerica Park. Previous openers:
- April 5, 1983: Tigers 11 – Twins 3
- April 4, 1984: Tigers 8 – Twins 1
- April 1, 1996: Twins 8 – Tigers 6
- April 1, 1997: Twins 7 – Tigers 5
- March 31, 2003: Twins 3 – Tigers 1
Last year on Opening Day the Tigers beat the Red Sox 3-2. You might recall that Jose Valverde began his season the way it would end six months later: with a blown save. Before that, though, Justin Verlander was tremendous: eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball: with seven Ks. Austin Jackson delivered the winning run in the ninth with a single to left.
Around the Central:
Royals (Shields) @ White Sox (Sale), 4:10 ET
Indians (Masterson) @ Blue Jays (Dickey), 7:07 ET
Finally, no matter what our expectations are for the Tigers this year – or any other – they will never be lower than what we fans experienced 10 years ago. And to help us keep that perspective, this year we will be charting the 2003 Tigers right alongside the ’13 club. And watch as they go in distinctly different directions.
Enjoy the game.