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DETROIT, MI (WKZO) – The city of Detroit is buzzing with excitement for the homecoming of the Tigers as they open a series with the New York Yankees for the 113th time in team history. Detroit opened their regular season in Minnesota, posting a 1-2 record against the Twins. Pre-game festivities will include raising the 2012 ALCS Championship Banner.
The Tigers have found success in their home openers, entering today with a 60-51-1 record including a 7-6 mark at Comerica Park. Detroit has hosted the Yankees in four previous home openers, splitting the opening game at Tiger Stadium in four contests. Overall, the club enters today’s game having won nine of the last 15 games against the Yankees at Comerica Park.
A lot has been made of the makeshift roster that the Yankees are bringing to Detroit, due in most part to injury. Six players made their debut in the pinstripes on Monday, marking the most in any game for New York since 1903. Detroit’s roster has an interesting makeup as well, featuring 15 returners from last year’s 25-man, season opening roster. Al Alburquerque, Darrin Downs and Drew Smyly are on the Opening Day roster for the first time, while Torii Hunter, Bryan Pena and Matt Tuiasosopo were not active with the team in 2012.
Doug Fister makes his first regular season. He is the sixth different starting pitcher on Opening Day for Detroit during the Jim Leyland era. Fister is 10-5 in his 20 previous starts at Comerica Park. He’ll face Ivan Nova for New York. First pitch is set for 1:05 on AM 590 WKZO.
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