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Justin Verlander threw a 35-
pitch B-1st, but pitch count didn't
matter when Verlander failed to
survive a full 4-INN and the Tigers lost the season opener Monday night at
Verlander gave up 4-R/4-ER all with 2-outs in that B-1st, then was charged
with four more in the Blue Jays' 5-R/B-4th that blew the ballgame open at 9-1.
The 8-R off Verlander tied a career-worst. He threw 80-pitches in 3.2-IP.
Adam Lind set a Jays Opening Day record with 6-RBI, part of a 4-for-5, 2-R
performance. After JV left the mound, Lind put the capper on the 5-R/B-4th
when he clubbed a 3rHR (#1) off first Tiger reliever Eddie Bonine. Lind also
started the scoring with a 2r1B in the B-1st.
Lyle Overbay had a 2r2B to conclude the 4-R/B-1st. Travis Snider solo
homered (#1) the opposite way and Aaron Hill had a sac-fly to start the B-4th
Fourth Tiger pitcher Juan Rincon, unscored upon all exhibition season, gave up
a 3-R/B-8th to the Jays. After Toronto loaded the bases off Rincon with nobody out
in that frame, an Adam Everett error at SStop allowed one run to score, Lind singled-
in another and Scott Rolen had a sac-fly.
In the meantime, Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay had an easy beginning, breezing
through the first three innings while facing the minimum nine batters. Detroit's
Curtis Granderson, who'd walked to open the ballgame but was erased in a double play,
led-off the T-4th with the first Tiger hit of the season: A homerun (#1) to the second
deck in RField.
The Tigers fought to within 9-5 with a 4-R/T-7th off Halladay. Carlos Guillen had
an RBI-2B, Gerald Laird an RBI-1B and Brandon Inge (who led Detroit with 5-HR in
spring training) clubbed a 2rHR (#1) the other way to RField.
Detroit's 3-4 hitters Magglio Ordonez and Cabrera both went 2-for-4 for half of
the Tiger basehits.
Complimenting Lind for the Jays were Alex Rios who was 2-for-3 and Wells & Snider
who both went 2-for-4. (Wells was awarded an RBI on Everett's error in the B-8th.)
Tigers MGR Jim Leyland took his team off the field in the B-8th when Toronto fans
threw garbage on the field and at two baseballs were fired at Detroit rookie LFielder
Josh Anderson. The delay lasted nine minutes, fans were warned the game could be
forfeited and order was restored.
DET 5-8-2, 3-LOB (L) Verlander, 0-1
TOR 12-15-0, 8-LOB (W) Halladay, 1-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "There were thousands of great fans here tonight.
Ice-cold Labatts and a big win for the Blue Jays—they were having a great time.
But you can’t endanger any players, whether they’re you’re players or someone
else’s. You just can’t do it...Both of them (the balls thrown at Anderson) were
pretty close. If it hits you in the head, it could do some damage. After the second
one I said, ‘That’s enough.'...If somebody had told me going into the game that it
would end up 12-5, I would have said they were crazy with those two guys (Halladay
and Verlander) pitching...They beat us up pretty good.”
JAYS MGR CITO GASTON: "I’ve never seen that (kind of fan behavior) here before.
I apologize to those Detroit players, a couple of those balls came really close to
hitting those kids out there.”
JAYS SP ROY HALLADAY: "You get a lot of people and a lot of excitement and I’m
sure a little bit of beer in there and you never know. I’m just glad the message was
passed out and we kind of got things back to order....Obviously, that’s a lot of runs.
We probably won’t have that all year but it’s a great start and a great sign."
The 12-R Detroit allowed were the most against the Tigers on Opening Day since
a 15-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 1908.
Halladay was making his franchise record seventh consecutive Opening Day start
and is 3-3 on O-Day with 1-ND. Halladay's career record against Detroit is a lofty 12-2.
A 1977 American League expansion team, Toronto is 17-16 all-time in season openers
but 25-8 in home openers. This game fit both categories.
The Rogers Centre crowd was 48,027.
Game two of the series Tuesday night has LHP David Purcey pitching for Toronto
and RHP Edwin Jackson tossing for Detroit.
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