Halladay, Jays Topple Tigers, 11-0

On Opening Day, the Tigers faced the reigning Cy Young winner, RHP Roy Halladay, and got the best of him, scoring 7 runs of the Jays' ace en route to their solid start to the season. However, Halladay wasn't about to get taken down a second time in as many weeks by the same team, as he tossed a complete game shutout, all the while he finally received some run support, as the Jays put up 11 runs on Tiger pitchers.

Roy Halladay vs. Jason Johnson part II didn't go quite as well as the Tigers would have hoped. Halladay went the distance, shutting out the Tigers all the while never allowing an extra base hit. Meanwhile, Johnson was forced to leave after 4 innings due to a recurring blister on his throwing hand. Johnson has had the blister for a few years, and this time it's thought that might be serious enough to the point that he might be held out of his next start.

The Tiger bullpen was also no match for the Blue Jays exploding offense, as Gary Knotts and Steve Colyer both got shelled. Esteban Yan and Al Levine were the only ones that didn't get an Earned Run.

Offensively, the Tigers showed little life, especially after electing to give C Ivan Rodriguez his first rest of the season (due to not wanting Rodriguez to play a night game then an afternoon game the next day). CF Alex Sanchez had a pair of hits for the Tigers, but that was the only notable contribution.

The Tigers now head to Cleveland to take on the division foe Indians. Cleveland has gotten off to a slow start thusfar this season, and the Tigers are hopeful that RHP Nate Cornejo - who got extra rest after serving a 5-game suspension from a spring training incident - will be able to eat up some innings and give the Tigers bullpen a much needed rest. Cornejo goes up against Indians' ace C.C. Sabathia. Start time is set for 7:05.


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