Saturday, April 2, 2011

Detroit starts off the season with 0-2 record

By Matt Harding
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The Major League Baseball season is underway and the Detroit Tigers have completed two games in a three game set against the New York Yankees.

In the first game of the series, pitcher Justin Verlander pitched six innings strong, giving up three earned runs on the same number of hits. He gave way to Phil Coke who gave up just a single hit. However, that single hit was a home run.

Brandon Inge was the only Tiger who got more than one hit; he, along with Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera were the Tigers who drove in the team's only three runs.

For the Yankees, former Tiger Curtis Granderson and first baseman Mark Teixeira hit home runs. Teixeira's home run was a three-run shot. Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher knocked in the other two runs. With a final score of 6-3, closer Mariano Rivera notched his 560th save, 41 short of Trevor Hoffman's all-time 601 saves.

The second game didn't fare to well either for the Tigers.

Cabrera entered today's game hitting safely in 23 of his 24 games against the Yankees. He continued to do well against the Yanks today, with a walk and a double. His luck against the Bronx Bombers didn't result in much for the Tigers. They lost by a score of 10-6 with 'Mo' Rivera acquiring another save, putting him at an even 40 short of tying the all-time record.

The teams wrap up their series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. with Max Scherzer on the hill for your hometown Detroit Tigers.

Injury Update:
Carlos Guillen (left knee, 15-day DL) & Joel Zumaya (right elbow, 15-day DL)

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