Found April 03, 2013 on Tigers Weblog:
Well after a day to savor their Opening Day victory, and to let Minneapolis warm up a bit (game time looks to be a relatively balmy 45), the Tigers hand the ball to Anibal and look to keep their perfect record intact. While most of the talk about the opener was related to the bullpen use (or misuse, if you prefer). The play of the game may have been in the first inning, when the Tigers took an early lead and never looked back. After Austin Jackson led off with a single, he took off for 2nd, and Torii Hunter executed the hit-and-run to perfection, and before you knew it the Tigers had runners at the corners with nobody out. As it turns out though, Jim Leyland said that there was no hit-and-run called on the play. Jackson was stealing second, and when Hunter saw the space open up between first and second he reacted; it was just something Hunter did on his own. I am looking forward to having a real #2 hitter this season, which the Tigers have been missing since the days of Placido Polanco (who, by the way, opened the season for the Marlins batting clean-up. Oh dear). Speaking of the Marlins, the Tigers claimed pitcher Evan Reed off waivers from Miami and assigned him to Toledo. This tops off their 40-man roster at 40. Today’s fun fact: According to Baseball Prospectus, the Tigers have a 76.1% chance of making the playoffs.  The Twins chances are a slim 0.9%. Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Miguel Cabrera, who is 9-for-19 lifetime against Correia. Today’s Undefeated Lineup: Austin Jackson, CF Torii Hunter, RF Miguel Cabrera, 3B Prince Fielder, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Andy Dirks, LF Jhonny Peralta, SS Alex Avila, C Omar Infante, 2B
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