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PostSubject: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:36 pm

GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET







--- VS ---

Detroit Tigers VS New York Yankees
Friday, April 5, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time - 1:08 p.m. EDT


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Pitching matchup




Tigers: RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

The honor of starting the Tigers' home opener, a holiday of sorts in Detroit, falls to Fister, who is 10-5 with a 2.89 ERA at Comerica Park in his career. He shut out the Yankees for 6 1/3 innings to open last year's ALCS in the Bronx.



Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Nova is hoping to bounce back after his second half struggles of 2012 had him left off the playoff roster. He needs to command the ball down in the zone and on the corners to compete, manager Joe Girardi said.






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Tigers welcome Yanks to Detroit for home opener

By Paul Casella / MLB.com | 4/4/2013 5:38 PM ET

Though intended to be a celebration of sorts, the American League champions' flag-raising ceremony prior to Friday's home opener at Comerica Park will likely serve as a reminder of what could have been for the Tigers.

The ceremony kicks off Detroit's home-opening weekend against the Yankees, but the focus for the Tigers -- who were swept in last year's World Series -- is already on making sure there's a different kind of banner being raised at this time next year.

Nonetheless, after dropping two of three in Minnesota to start the season, the Tigers are eager to play in front of the home crowd for the first time this season -- or ever, in the case of newcomer Torii Hunter.

"It's going to be crazy, electrifying, and it's going to be a lot fun," said Hunter, who signed with the Tigers after spending last year with the Angels. "These guys are just going off winning the ALCS, getting to the World Series, and the support system's going to be crazy, bigger than I've probably ever been a part of. Because I've never been on a team that's been to the World Series and won the ALCS. This will really be my first time experiencing this."

The Tigers, after getting pummeled in Thursday's series finale against the Twins, will look to rebound when they send Doug Fister to the mound in Friday's series opener to square off against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova.

Nova, coming off a disastrous second-half last season, had his share of struggles in Spring Training.

After starting last season 10-3 with a 3.92 ERA before the All-Star break, Nova went 2-5 with a 7.05 ERA in 11 starts the rest of the way. He turned in a 4.19 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts this spring, but that doesn't include his final spring outing in which he was tagged for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, including two homers, against the Blue Jays' Class A Dunedin lineup.

"It wasn't what I was expecting," Nova said. "I was expecting to have a great spring, but I feel really good. It wasn't that bad, either. I didn't think it was that bad. I made a lot of adjustments with my mechanics and my arm, and that's a good point."

Nova finds himself in the rotation in part because of the injury to Phil Hughes. Both Nova and David Phelps broke camp as starters with Phelps on the disabled list alongside shortstop Derek Jeter, center fielder Curtis Granderson, first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, among others.

So while the defending AL champion Tigers take the field Friday not only with most of last year's lineup intact, but the additions of Hunter and a healthy Victor Martinez, the Yankees will be continuing to search for chemistry with their makeshift lineup.

"You never want to lose games," said outfielder Vernon Wells, acquired on March 26 to help compensate for the injuries. "Obviously they're going to come, but we haven't played good enough baseball to win. That's the bottom line. We haven't clicked in all three phases of the game. It's just a matter of time before we do. It'd be nice for it to happen sooner than later."

Yankees: Boesch returns to Detroit
Outfielder Brennan Boesch will return to Detroit as a member of the Yankees less than a month after he was released by the Tigers.

Boesch, who spent his first three big league seasons with Detroit, was signed by the Yankees two days after his March 13 release. A third-round pick in 2006, Boesch hit .259 with 42 homers and 175 RBIs while playing in 380 games over his three seasons with the Tigers.

Entering New York's series finale Thursday night against the Red Sox, Boesch had made just one appearance in the first two games, striking out Wednesday as a pinch-hitter.

Tigers: Valverde signed to Minor League contract
After extensive debate throughout the offseason and Spring Training about the Tigers' closer situation, it took only two games into the regular season for Detroit to offer former closer Jose Valverde a Minor League contract.

Valverde, who recorded 110 saves in three seasons with the Tigers, will report to Lakeland, Fla. where he will throw to hitters in extended Spring Training before joining Triple-A Toledo. There is an opt-clause in the deal if Valverde isn't in the Majors by May 5.

Detroit chose not to re-sign Valverde after he lost his closing job with a disastrous postseason, electing to give rookie Bruce Rondon a chance to compete with other relievers for the role. Rondon was instead optioned to Triple-A last week and, on Wednesday, the Twins rallied past the Tigers with two ninth-inning runs off Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke.

"We're not looking to prolong this," general manager Dave Dombrowski said of Valverde's comeback attempt. "It's a situation where he can either pitch and come back and help us here, or we probably end that relationship at that time."

Worth noting
• Detroit legend Willie Horton, who helped lead the Tigers to the 1968 World Series title, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Horton's teammate on that club -- and current Tigers radio broadcaster, Jim Price -- will be on the receiving end of that pitch.

• Boesch is 7-for-12 [.583] with a homer and three RBIs in his career against Fister, with whom he was teammates in Detroit from 2011-12.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.






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Tiger's MLB Game Notes
INJURY UPDATE:

RF Avisail Garcia (Right heel contusion, 15-day DL retroactive to March 22, 2013).





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Up next (Probable Pitchers)
SAT, April 06:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
YANKEES: (RHP David Phelps (0-0, 6.75 ERA))
4:05 p.m. ET (FOX / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)


SUN, April 07:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
YANKEES: (LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 7.20 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D, TBS / AM 1270 & 97.1 FM)







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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:37 pm

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS

Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-11, 3 RBIs vs. Ivan Nova)
Torii Hunter, RF (1-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s vs. Nova)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-9, 3 walks, 3 K’s vs. Nova)
Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-5, HR vs. Nova)
Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-4, 3 walks vs. Nova)
Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-2 vs. Nova)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-9 vs. Nova)
Alex Avila, C (2-for-8 vs. Nova)
Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-2 vs. Nova)

P: Doug Fister


YANKEES

Brett Gardner, CF (3-for-9 vs. Doug Fister)
Robinson Cano, 2B (5-for-17, 3 doubles, HR vs. Fister)
Kevin Youkilis, 3B (2-for-16, 4 walks, 4 K’s vs. Fister)
Travis Hafner, DH (6-for-21, triple, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs vs. Fister)
Brennan Boesch, RF (7-for-12, HR, 3 RBIs vs. Fister)
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, LF (4-for-9 vs. Fister)
Lyle Overbay, 1B (1-for-6 vs. Fister)
Chris Stewart, C (2-for-3 vs. Fister)

P: Ivan Nova


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Friday, April 5 - OPENING DAY - New York Yankees (Probables: Fister vs. Nova) @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 10:30 a.m.)


  • ·Opening Day Festivities: Opening Day will feature an American League Champions Flag Raising along with traditional events such as the national anthem and team introductions. Active Military and Veterans will be recognized following team introductions. The national anthem will be performed by Motown legends, The Four Tops. There will be a moment of silence in memory of Virgil Trucks. 1968 World Series Champion and hometown hero Willie Horton will throw the ceremonial first pitch and his teammate on the 1968 team and Tigers radio broadcaster, Jim Price, will be catching the first pitch. The Michigan Joint Honor Guard will present colors. A 150'x300' American Flag will be presented on the outfield grass during the singing of the national anthem. During the seventh inning stretch, God Bless America will be performed by vocalist Amy Gould of the United States Army.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Patrick Jefferson of the United States Air Force will deliver the game ball.
  • The Opening Day giveaway will be a Miguel Cabrera 2013 Magnet Schedule for the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of Comerica Bank.


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:34 pm

NYY - Top 1st
B:0 S:2 O:1
Brett Gardner grounds out, pitcher Doug Fister to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Robinson Cano grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Kevin Youkilis singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Travis Hafner walks. Kevin Youkilis to 2nd.

B:3 S:1 O:3
Brennan Boesch lines into a force out, pitcher Doug Fister to second baseman Omar Infante to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Travis Hafner out at 2nd.


DET - Bot 1st
B:1 S:1 O:0
Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

B:3 S:2 O:0
Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brennan Boesch. Austin Jackson to 3rd.

B:0 S:2 O:1
Miguel Cabrera grounds into a force out, third baseman Kevin Youkilis to second baseman Robinson Cano. Austin Jackson scores. Torii Hunter out at 2nd. Miguel Cabrera to 1st.
1 - 0

With Prince Fielder batting, wild pitch by Ivan Nova, Miguel Cabrera to 2nd.

B:3 S:3 O:2
Prince Fielder called out on strikes.

B:1 S:0 O:3
Victor Martinez lines out to third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

1 - 0 AFTER 1 INNING


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NYY - Top 2nd
B:1 S:2 O:1
Eduardo Nunez lines out, pitcher Doug Fister to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Ichiro Suzuki grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Doug Fister.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Lyle Overbay walks.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Chris Stewart strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 2nd
B:4 S:2 O:0
Andy Dirks walks.

With Jhonny Peralta batting, Andy Dirks steals (1) 2nd base.

B:3 S:3 O:1
Jhonny Peralta strikes out swinging.

B:3 S:3 O:2
Alex Avila strikes out on a foul tip.

B:3 S:2 O:2
Omar Infante singles on a line drive to center fielder Brett Gardner. Andy Dirks scores.
2 - 0

B:2 S:3 O:3
Austin Jackson strikes out swinging.

2 - 0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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NYY - Top 3rd
B:0 S:1 O:0
Brett Gardner hit by pitch.

B:2 S:1 O:2
Robinson Cano grounds into a double play, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder. Brett Gardner out at 2nd.

B:2 S:0 O:3
Kevin Youkilis grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 3rd
B:3 S:2 O:0
Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brennan Boesch.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Miguel Cabrera flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder flies out sharply to right fielder Brennan Boesch.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Victor Martinez flies out sharply to center fielder Brett Gardner.

2 - 0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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NYY - Top 4th
B:2 S:1 O:0
Travis Hafner singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:3 S:2 O:1
Brennan Boesch grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder. Travis Hafner to 2nd.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Eduardo Nunez hit by pitch.

Injury Delay.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Jayson Nix replaces Eduardo Nunez.


B:3 S:1 O:2
Ichiro Suzuki grounds out softly, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder. Travis Hafner to 3rd. Jayson Nix to 2nd.

B:0 S:3 O:3
Lyle Overbay strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 4th
Jayson Nix remains in the game as the shortstop.

B:2 S:1 O:1
Andy Dirks grounds out, shortstop Jayson Nix to first baseman Lyle Overbay.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Jhonny Peralta grounds out to first baseman Lyle Overbay.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Alex Avila called out on strikes.

2 - 0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:15 pm

NYY - Top 5th
B:2 S:2 O:0
Chris Stewart singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Brett Gardner grounds into a force out, second baseman Omar Infante to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Chris Stewart out at 2nd. Brett Gardner to 1st.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Robinson Cano singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Brett Gardner to 3rd.

With Kevin Youkilis batting, wild pitch by Doug Fister, Brett Gardner scores. Robinson Cano to 2nd.
2 - 1

B:3 S:1 O:1
Kevin Youkilis homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field. Robinson Cano scores.
NYY 3 - 2

B:2 S:2 O:2
Travis Hafner grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Brennan Boesch singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:2 S:1 O:3
Jayson Nix lines out to third baseman Miguel Cabrera.


DET - Bot 5th
B:2 S:1 O:0
Omar Infante singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jayson Nix.

B:4 S:1 O:0
Austin Jackson walks. Omar Infante to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Torii Hunter grounds into a double play, shortstop Jayson Nix to first baseman Lyle Overbay. Omar Infante to 3rd. Austin Jackson out at 2nd.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Miguel Cabrera hit by pitch.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change: Boone Logan replaces Ivan Nova.


B:0 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Omar Infante scores. Miguel Cabrera scores.
5 - 3

B:4 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez walks.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Andy Dirks pops out to second baseman Robinson Cano.

5 - 3 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:34 pm

NYY - Top 6th
Pitching Change: Drew Smyly replaces Doug Fister.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Ichiro Suzuki pops out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Lyle Overbay called out on strikes.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Chris Stewart flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.


DET - Bot 6th
Pitching Change: Shawn Kelley replaces Boone Logan.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Jhonny Peralta flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Alex Avila homers (1) on a fly ball to right field.
6 - 3

B:1 S:3 O:2
Omar Infante called out on strikes.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Torii Hunter strikes out swinging.

6 - 3 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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NYY - Top 7th
New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez left the game due to an injured arm.

B:1 S:3 O:1
Brett Gardner called out on strikes.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Robinson Cano strikes out swinging.

B:0 S:2 O:3
Kevin Youkilis flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.


DET - Bot 7th
B:4 S:1 O:0
Miguel Cabrera walks.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:2 S:1 O:0
Prince Fielder homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Miguel Cabrera scores.
8 - 3

B:3 S:2 O:1
Victor Martinez grounds out, shortstop Jayson Nix to first baseman Lyle Overbay.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Andy Dirks grounds out, first baseman Lyle Overbay to pitcher Shawn Kelley.

B:3 S:3 O:3
Jhonny Peralta strikes out swinging.

8 - 3 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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NYY - Top 8th
B:1 S:1 O:1
Travis Hafner pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder in foul territory.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Brennan Boesch grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Jayson Nix called out on strikes.


DET - Bot 8th

Pitching Change: David Robertson replaces Shawn Kelley.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Alex Avila flies out to left fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Omar Infante grounds out, third baseman Kevin Youkilis to first baseman Lyle Overbay.

B:0 S:0 O:3
Austin Jackson pops out to first baseman Lyle Overbay in foul territory.

8 - 3 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:11 pm

NYY - Top 9th
B:3 S:1 O:1
Ichiro Suzuki flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco replaces Lyle Overbay.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Ben Francisco strikes out swinging.

B:0 S:2 O:3
Chris Stewart grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

TIGERS WIN 8-3

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Game Info

WP: Nova, Fister.
HBP: Gardner (by Fister), Nunez, E (by Fister), Cabrera, M (by Nova).
Pitches-strikes: Nova 96-53, Logan 14-7, Kelley 43-27, Robertson 4-4, Fister 96-55, Smyly 50-36.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nova 4-3, Logan 0-0, Kelley 2-1, Robertson 1-1, Fister 9-0, Smyly 2-3.
Batters faced: Nova 21, Logan 3, Kelley 10, Robertson 3, Fister 24, Smyly 12.
Inherited runners-scored: Logan 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Alan Porter. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Brian O'Nora. 3B: Hunter Wendelstedt.
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 12 mph, L to R.
T: 2:58.
Att: 45,051.


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/05/13 - DET (1-2) VS NYY (1-2) - 1:08 p.m. ET    Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:31 am

Game 4: The day Fielder went with the splits
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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

The biggest reason behind Prince Fielder’s first .300 season last year was his success against left-handed pitching. He didn’t hit very many home runs, just six in 248 plate appearances, but he raised his singles and doubles rates against lefties. As a result, he hit .289 off lefties. 26 points above his career rate and just three points below his career best from 2009.

So when the Twins went with a lefty reliever Tyler Robertson against Fielder on Thursday, it didn’t seem like it should have much effect. Instead, Robertson spotted a fastball on Fielder, then threw him sliders he couldn’t quite resist. In the process, Robertson got the big second out that set up a Casey Fien showdown with Victor Martinez, which again went in the Twins’ favor and kept the Tigers down for good.

Given that result, it made sense that the Yankees turned to Boone Logan against Fielder, who was just 1-for-6 against him. The way Nova was looking wild, it made incredible sense to pull him regardless, but the matchup Joe Girardi created with it made sense. Fielder couldn’t lay off Robertson’s slider on Thursday, but he shrugged off Logan’s slider on Friday, which left Logan to try to even the count with a fastball.

Fielder didn’t just get a base hit. He got the go-ahead three-run homer. Even that seemed to go against Fielder’s recent lefty splits. Maybe he knew what to expect from Logan after a half-dozen previous meetings, but he wasn’t letting on.

“I wish I could say I did [sit on a pitch],” Fielder said, “but I just try to see and hit it, and it worked out today.”

At some point in the middle of Spring Training, I asked Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon what could be the biggest benefit for Fielder with another year in the league, knowing the pitching, and he believed it was batting average. His home runs and RBIs could be tempered by walks, even with Martinez behind him. His hitting rate doesn’t have those limits.

He might be good enough to win a batting title. In two big at-bats against lefty relievers, though, he was famine one day, feast the next.

Play of the game: If you’re talking highlight play, it had to be Brennan Boesch’s crash into the right-field fence to retire Fielder. If you’re talking about a pure highlight, the attempt by a fan to catch Fielder’s first home run ended up becoming viral on the internet. If you’re just plain talking about a highlight, Alex Avila jumping a Shawn Kelley fastball and sending it more than halfway up the right-field seats was something Tigers fans have been waiting to see.

Biggest out: Had Miguel Cabrera not snared Jayson Nix’s line drive to end the fifth inning, the game could have ended up spiraling out of control for the Tigers before they had a chance to come back. Yes, three runs were already in, and the bottom third of an injury-depleted Yankees lineup was due up. But Fister was already at 96 pitches, and another hit would have meant two runners for Ichiro and Fister nearing the 100-pitch mark. If they had to go to Smyly in the fourth, especially with runners already on base, it would have changed the bullpen usage drastically.

What worked for Smyly: Fastball command. As catcher Alex Avila said, “His fastball command was as good as it can get. Hit both corners of the plate with his fastball, mixed in his cutter when he needed to. He just got on a roll and it was a lot of fun to catch. When a pitcher’s going like that, when he’s hitting his spots, it makes it easy to call a game.”

Strategy: It would be difficult to blame Girardi for playing the percentages with Logan against Fielder, given the numbers. Nova was reeling, and Logan had a track record against Fielder. In this case, it didn’t work.

Line of the day: Drew Smyly with four innings, no hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. It was the longest save by a Tiger since Esteban Yan did it twice in 2004.

Stat of the day: The Yankees didn’t have a fly ball out to the outfield until Chris Stewart flew out to left for the final out of the sixth inning.

Another stat of the day: Austin Jackson had led off the Tigers’ effort in all four games with a base hit. Three times, the Tigers have brought him around to score, each time on a groundout.

Print it: I’m looking around like, ‘This is great. This is like a college football game. It was like a college football game. It was crazy. It was like tailgating everywhere, people having fun, walking around. It was definitely very impressive. … It was way different. It got me excited. I’m walking in ready to go. It was awesome. It was probably my best [Opening Day] in all my years.” — Torii Hunter on Tigers home opener experience


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