I went down to Fenway last night. And other than the fact that I was amongst the two most obnoxious fan bases on earth, I couldn’t help but take in the sounds, the smells, the sights, the historic rivalry…everything and appreciate the finest sport in existence today.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Opening Day 2010. THB has got you covered.
Detroit- CF Austin Jackson, LF Johnny Damon, RF Magglio Ordonez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, DH Carlos Guillen, 3B Brandon Inge, C Gerald Laird, 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Adam Everett; Starting Pitcher: Justin Verlander
Kansas City- RF David Dejsus, LF Scott Podsednik, 1B Billy Butler, CF Rick Ankiel, DH Jose Guillen, 3B Willie Bloomquist, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, C Jason Kendall, 2B Chris Getz; Starting Pitcher: Zack Greinke
Quote of the Day
“Verlander helped me out,” Greinke said. “Even if I knew exactly what he was going to do, I knew I couldn’t hit him. I thought, ‘Stay with what you do and stop thinking too much.’
“Stuff always pops in your head, but it helped me to watch him pitch yesterday. It helped me a lot for today.”
John Lowe’s reasons to watch:
“Verlander vs. Greinke!
This might be the Tigers’ most spectacular season-opening pitching matchup since 1988 at Fenway Park. On that occasion, like this one, the Tigers’ best pitcher of his generation (Jack Morris) faced the defending Cy Young winner (Roger Clemens). Morris and Clemens pitched to a 3-3 standoff, then Alan Trammell homered over the Green Monster off newcomer Lee Smith in the 10th to win it.”
From Det News
“Series: Three games, starting today, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
First pitch: 4 today, 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. Thursday
TV/radio: All games on FSD (Wednesday’s joined in progress about 10 p.m.)/WXYT 97.1, 1270
Series probables: Today — Justin Verlander vs. Zack Greinke; Wednesday — Max Scherzer vs. Luke Hochevar; Thursday — Dontrelle Willis vs. Brian Bannister.
Tonight’s scouting report
• Verlander, Tigers: Has pitched well against the Royals, with a career 9-2 record, 2.32 ERA against them. He won two of three starts against the Royals last year.
• Greinke, Royals: Won the AL’s Cy Young Award last year, so this is one of the best possible pitching matchups in the AL. With an 11-5 record, Greinke has beaten the Tigers more than any other team.
Tigers at Royals
First pitch: 4 today, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV/radio: FSD/WXYT 97.1, 1270
Pitchers : Justin Verlander vs. Zack Greinke”