Originally posted on Pine Tar Press  |  Last updated 4/3/14
2006: The Tigers hit three solo home runs to capture a 3-1 Opening Day win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Chris Shelton hit two of the home runs, one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth, both off Royals starter Scott Elarton. Carlos Guillen hit the other one, in the eighth inning against reliever Andy Sisco. Elarton allowed seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out three. Meanwhile, Tiger starter Kenny Rogers was handcuffing the Royals offense, allowing just three hits in his six innings, while striking out five and walking none. The Royals tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth, with David DeJesus starting the inning with a double and scoring on a two-out single by Reggie Sanders. That was the only inning of the first six where more than one Royal reached base. Mike Sweeney led off the seventh with a walk and moved to second on a two-out single by Doug Mientkiewicz, but Angel Berroa grounded out to end the inning. Tigers relievers Jo...
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