Tigers Win Again, But Lose Young

The new-look Tigers continue their run back to respectability, winning again and in the process improving their record to 2-0 - the first time they've started the season 2-0 since 1986 (and the first time since 1984 that they did it on the road). However, all is not happy in Tiger land as DH Dmitri Young broke a bone in his lower leg and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Mike Maroth came into this season with something to prove after suffering 21 losses last season. So, to start the year off, Maroth came in with a very solid performance, coming up with his first win of the season in the same stadium where he recorded his 20th of last season. Maroth went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out one. LHP Nate Robertson (who still could become the fifth starter once it becomes a necessity) closed out the final 4 innings for the Tigers, recording his first career save.

And while the Tigers got another respectable pitching performance, their hitting is once again the most impressive facet of the squad. SS Carlos Guillen, apparently felt left out after so many newcomers impressed in their first game as a Tiger that he felt the need to step up, and step up he did, going 2 for 3 with a Home Run in the 8th. C Ivan Rodriguez opened the scoring in the first with a 2-run double. LF Rondell White also had another pair of hits.

The Tigers are definitely happy with their start, but the Tigers would probably trade in the 'W' to get Dmitri Young back. Young will miss 4-6 weeks because of a broken bone in his lower right leg as he was tagged out running to second. Young was obviously looking to this year as a big year for redemption, so to lose a quarter of the season just as its starting has to be a huge disappointment for 'Da Meat Hook'. No word yet on who will take Young's spot on the 25-man roster, but expect reserve OF Craig Monroe to see a majority of time now in the lineup with the vacancy. Monroe, after blasting 23 homers with 70 RBI as a rookie, was left without a spot in the lineup after the signing of Rondell White. No telling yet how much the Tigers will be hurt by the loss of their All Star from 2003.

In the meantime, the Tigers are now 2-0 to start the season for the first time in almost 20 years, and are already starting to turn some heads around the country. Too bad they'll now have to build off this start without their cleanup hitter.

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