Higginson Explodes as Tigers win Home Opener

The Detroit Tigers continued their winning ways in their home opener on Thursday. This game, however, was a little more dramatic than the previous contests. The Tigers fell behind 3-0 early on and were showing no signs of life. That's when Bobby Higginson took over.

The Tigers were struggling in their home opener, that is until Bobby Higginson stepped to the plate in the sixth. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th, Higginson doubled to centerfield scoring Carlos Pena and Carlos Guillen.

The Twins tied the game at 4 in the top of the 7th on a homer to right center field by Jacque Jones, his 2nd of the year. Not to be outdone, the Tigers put a five spot on the board in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Twins hurlers walked three consecutive Tigers: Vina, Rodriguez, and Rondell White. Then, with Carlos Pena at the plate, Brad Thomas threw a wild pitch that scored Vina and moved everyone else up a base. Pena proceeded to hit a ground ball through the center of the infield that scored I-Rod and White. Carlos Guillen then reached on an infield single, setting the scene for Higgy once again. With the count full, Higginson tripled to right field, scoring Pena and Guillen.

The Twins were held under wraps by the recently acquired Steve Colyer in the top of the 8th. The Tigers had a comfortable 9-4 lead when Eric Munson homered to right field off of Joe Roa. It was Munson's second homer in as many days. The final at bat for the Twins resulted in Rob Bowen hitting his first major league homerun, a two run shot to left field. Colyer then forced Nick Punto to pop out to Carlos Pena. Shannon Stewart watched a 1-2 go by for a called third strike, ending the game.

The win pushed the Tigers to 4-0 and a 2 game lead in the division. The Twins fell to 2-2. The teams will meet again on Saturday at 1:05pm. The game will feature Brad Radke vs. Tiger ace Jason Johnson.

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