Before a record-setting opening day crowd of 45,051 the Detroit Tigers powered past the New York Yankees 8-3. In the 5th and 7th innings Prince Fielder demonstrated his home run stroke en route to a 2 HR 5 RBI day. The other story was Drew Smyly who earned a save by throwing 4 hitless and scoreless innings to finish the game. That give the Tiger bullpen a much-needed rest.
It was a perfect win at just the right time. The win and the manner in which it was achieved helps to sooth fans anxiety about the offense and avoid another closer committee debacle. And on a day when the “big 3″ Tigers unveiled the American League Championship banner the last thing the Tigers wanted to do was come onto the field a Comerica Park and play like the did in Minnesota.
There were a lot of things to be impressed with in today’s victory. Omar Infante is continuing his hot start and had another RBI today. It seemed that both he and Austin Jackson were on the base paths all day. A trait this game shared with the game one win in Minnesota. Like then the Tigers put the lead-off hitter on early and often. And the Tigers scored often. The 8 runs the Detroit Tigers scored today equals the run total form the entire Minnesota series.
The Detroit Tigers (2-2) will try to put together a win streak against the Bronx Bombers during tomorrows game at Comerica Park. Max scherzer will make his season debut against Yankee hurler Phil Hughes. Hughes was good against the Detroit Tigers last year with a 3.38 ERA and 1.125 WHIP. You can catch game coverage starting at 3:00 pm on Fox Sports Detroit.