Tigers Start Season Off Right

<B>DETROIT --</b> It was a picturesque day for baseball, and the Tigers made it picturesque for Tiger fans as well, kicking off their 2005 season in impressive fashion, destroying the Kansas City Royals, 11-2. <P>The Tigers were led by Jeremy Bonderman, who recorded the win, and Dmitri Young, who became just the third player in history to blast 3 home runs on Opening Day.

The Tigers didn't even take much time to get things going in the right direction. Jeremy Bonderman motored through the Kansas City Royals lineup, striking out five batters in the first two innings. Bonderman, who got the win to move to 1-0 on the year, pitched seven innings of one-run baseball, including seven strikeouts. Ugueth Urbina and Troy Percival finished out the game, each pitching one inning apiece.

The offense meanwhile got jump-started by Dmitri Young in the second inning, who hit a towering home run to deep right center field off of Kansas City starter Jose Lima. Brandon Inge followed that up later in the inning with a two-run blast to left.

The offense assault continued in the third, with Dmitri blasting another home run, this would be the final straw that chased Lima, as he gave up five runs in just three innings of work.

Carlos Pena earned an RBI in the 5th with a walk with the bases loaded, and Craig Monroe then drove in two runs off a single.

Young completed the scoring with his third homer of the game, a 2-run shot off Mike MacDougal. Carlos Guillen also scored on the blast. Young finished it up with a curtain call to all 44,000-plus fans that packed Comerica Park, the largest audience ever to see a baseball game at the CoPa.

After a 2004 opener which seemed almost impossible to top, the Tigers accomplished that with a headline grabbing win over Kansas City, led by ‘Da Meat Hook. The Tigers will look to continue their success on Wednesday after taking tomorrow off. Mike Maroth will face Runelvys Hernandez at 1:05pm at Comerica. The game is not televised.

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