Tigers Topple Jays in Season Opener, 7-0

Typically, it's never a good thing when you are a team that just lost the most games ever in the American League (119 to be exact), and start the next season off facing the reigning AL Cy Young winner; Roy Halladay. However, that didn't appear to be a daunting task to the Tigers, as they won their first season opener since 2000 in dominating fashion, defeating the Blue Jays 7-0.

Typically, a team such as the Tigers would come in intimiated against such a pitcher as Roy Halladay, one of the best pitchers in the game. But that didn't appear to be the case as the Tigers faced him head on and scored all 7 of their runs off the Blue Jay ace. Carlos Pena and offseason acquisition Ivan Rodriguez each hit their first home run of the year (both solo shots), while another newcomer, Rondell White, blasted a 3-run shot that forced the Jays to pull Halladay from the game.

And while the Blue Jays are typically hailed as a rather daunting offensive team, they were no match on Monday for the Tiger pitchers. Yet another newcomer, RHP Jason Johnson, gave the Tigers 6 solid innings of work, not allowing a single run - and easily out-dueling his counterpart Halladay (despite Halladay's 9 strikeouts). Al Levine, Jamie Walker and Esteban Yan closed out the game for Johnson and the Tigers.

The win, while just another win in the standings, is a monumental one for the Tigers as they try to avoid another pathetic start that shoots them to the far-depths of the cellar before they can even make it out of the first month of the season.

And while many will draw comparisons to last season's squad throughout the year, the comparisons are really few and far between. The Tigers return only 4 players from their lineup last year - 3 of whom are youngsters expected to make big jumps this year (which Pena especially appears to be on the verge of doing). This year, the team is comprised of veterans ready to show that this isn't the 2003 Tigers, that when you play Detroit you're going to have a game on your hands.

And on Monday the Tigers showed just that, with clutch-hitting, solid fielding, and an excellent performance from the pitching staff. The Tigers made themselves a team to be reckoned with. At least for one day anyway.

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