Tigers Blown Out in Chicago, 11-2
The Tigers mustered only 4 hits in their 11-2 loss to the White Sox. Tyler Collins led off the second inning with a solo shot to right center field. Things got a little scary in the bottom half of the inning for starter Matthew Boyd, as the Sox sent 8 men to the plate but scored just 2 while leaving the bases loaded after a big strike out of Jose' Abreu. In the bottom of the third it was more of the same, as Boyd allowed a single, wild pitch, walk, and a line drive 3-run homer to left by Geovany Soto to put the Sox up 5-1 which spelled the end for Boyd as he exits after just 2 1/3 innings. The Sox added 4 more in the fourth as former Tiger Avisail Garcia added a run with a 2 out single and was followed by a first pitch 3-run bomb by Matt Davidson to take a 9-1 lead. The Tigers waived the proverbial white flag in the 7th as they removed Cabrera, Kinsler, and Upton. Boyd and reliever Anibal Sanchez each gave up 5 runs on the day.
The Tigers host the Red Sox Friday in the home opener. It’s the first of four straight afternoon games at Comerica Park with Boston. Broadcast time is 12:45 each day on 95.3 WBCK.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will throw out the first pitch in Friday's game. Gates open at 11am. Opening ceremonies start at 12:30.