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Tigers Get Off To Early Start, Hold on Against Blue Jays

Among all of the stories involved in the Tigers 6-2 start, Nate Robertson has to be the most unusual. This is a guy who seemed destined to, if not AAA, a season of long relief as a second left handed reliever behind Jamie Walker. He had just a decent enough spring to secure the fifth starter spot. This is also a guy who I couldn’t give away in Diamond Mind league.

And boy has he taken advantage of it. After pitching six shutout innings of relief, he pitched a nice game yesterday, going five innings, giving up only three hits, and striking out seven. After a total of 10 scoreless innings to start the season, the Jays finally got to Nate and he gave up a two run Reed Johnson homerun.

And that’s just the pitching. I felt the Tigers had to come out strong in this game to put Tuesday’s bad game behind them. And they did just that, scoring four runs off of Ted Lilly in the first inning. Lilly calmed down, but those four runs ended up being enough, and the Tigers walked away with a 5-3 win.

And this afternoon, we have a rematch of the season opener, as Roy Halladay goes up against Jason Johnson.

I also saw how Fox is really playing up the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Friday night they’re having a special prime time national telecast of the game.

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