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Detroit Tigers send MVP to the mound on Opening Day - WKZO is in Detroit all day providing live coverage

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Justin Verlander will pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day in Detroit
Justin Verlander will pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day in Detroit

DETROIT (WKZO) – The Detroit Tigers aren’t wasting any time getting a jump start on their 2012 campaign, opening their season against the Boston Red Sox this afternoon at Comerica Park.

Expectations play a big role in both of these team’s seasons. As reigning AL champions, the Tigers have a lot riding on their 2012 success. Not to mention the acquisition of their new first baseman, Prince Fielder, moving Miguel Cabrera to third base.

The Red Sox are playing for redemption, experiencing what has been described as the greatest collapse in baseball history last year, and failing to reach the postseason. Bobby Valentine debuts as Boston’s new skipper, who joins a slew of new faces in the Red Sox’ front office this season.

Expectations may not be greater than those on the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winning pitcher, Justin Verlander, who will face Jacoby Ellsbury in the first at-bat for Boston. Ellsbury finished second to Verlander in the MVP voting in 2011. The last time an MVP pitcher faced the man who finished second to him was 1932. Ellsbury has managed only three hits in 14 at-bats against Verlander.

Boston owns the edge over Detroit. The last time these teams met Opening Day was on April 4, 1994 in Boston. The Red Sox won a slugfest, 9-8.

Follow WKZO all day long starting with the game broadcast at 12:40 pm. After the game, full postgame reaction including locker room interviews will be on WKZO.com. Join Carolyn Binder and Nick Vliestra on the Yard at 6 pm for a full game recap live and much more from Detroit.

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