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AmericaJR.com Sports Column

Opening Day excitement hampered by loss

by Andrew Poloni
poloni@americajr.com

Spring was officially in the air Monday with smells of hot dogs, pine tar and freshly cut grass as the Detroit Tigers opened their 2007 season.

The Tigers tried to match the excitement of the record setting Comerica Park crowd but fell short losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in extra innings.

Detroit fans were anxious for the Tigers to pick up from where they left off last season and were happy to see the banner go up for the 2006 American League championship.

The Blue Jays were able to take the crowd out of the game early, though, when Detroit starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman gave up three runs in the first inning.

The Tigers fought back though, picking up a run in the third inning and two in fifth off of Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.

New Tiger Gary Sheffield made an immediate contribution to the team by driving in two runs in Monday’s opener.

Bonderman finished six innings with three strikeouts, and the Tigers’ bullpen pitched well taking the game into the top of the tenth inning where reliever Fernando Rodney got into trouble.

Rodney loaded the bases and then gave up two runs to put Toronto up for good.

Second baseman Placido Polanco had three hits and two RBI’s Monday for Detroit.

Craig Monroe struggled at the plate striking out four times in four at bats.

Tiger’s catcher Pudge Rodriguez also went 0-4 from the plate with two strikeouts.

Rodney was credited with his first loss of the season.

The Tigers will be back at it against the Blue Jays Wednesday, and Nate Robertson will be on the mound for Detroit.

 

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