Detroit rallied yesterday afternoon to win its season opener at Kansas City 8-to-4 over the Royals. The Tigers big inning came in the seventh when they scored six runs. Johnny Damon, the former Yankee who signed with Detroit in the off season, finished with two hits, two runs scored and two rbi’s.
Detroit’s new centerfielder, rookie Austin Jackson, had his first hit with an rbi double in the seventh, when Brandon Inge also had a 2-run double for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera added two hits and two RBI’s for the Tigers, who were able to jump on the Royal’s bullpen following the departure of Kansas City starter Zach Greinke.
The reigning American League Cy Young winner allowed one earned run and six hits while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision. Detroit starter Justin Verlander struck out six over five innings of four-run ball, but Joel Zumaya worked a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win.
Detroit has the day off today. The Tigers continue the 3-game series at Kansas City with a night game tomorrow and then a Thursday afternoon game before returning for their home opener Friday against the Indians. The White Sox won their opener at home yesterday, 6-to-0 over Cleveland while the Cubs were crushed at Atlanta 16-to-5.