So what if they lost, at least a game was played today which saw the Jays fall 4-1 to the Tigers. The Tigers scored early, as Jesse Litsch gave up a pair of runs in both the first and second innings via a Magglio Ordonez 2-run double and Curtis Granderson 2-run home run. Not the best start for Litsch, who is battling for the 5th spot in the rotation with Casey Janssen and Gustavo Chacin. The bullpen managed to shut the Tigers down for the rest of the game with the aforementioned Chacin, David Purcey, Lance Carter, Shawn Camp, Josh Banks & Mike Gosling all pitching scoreless innings. The Jays didn't get their first hit until the 4th when Rod Barajas doubled and later scored when Miguel Cabrera completely botched a routine ground ball. Cabrera also went 0 for 3 at the dish in a less than spectacular but ultimately meaningless debut for the Tigers.
The Jays lineup looked nothing like it will come Opening Day. They only managed 4 hits while leaving 18 runners on base, but at least a game was played today. Which means there are many more games to come. That in itself is bloody amazing.
The Jays play the Tigers again tomorrow, 1:05pm first pitch.
On a totally separate note, the Red Sox dismantled their arch rivals from Boston College in 7 innings, 24-0. Somewhere an Eagle is screaming.