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04/08/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News:We are Tigers, hear us roar"
Detroit takes opening series with 7-3 win over Kansas City By Trent Harrison
Somewhere in Hawaii, Thomas Magnum is beginning to smile. Yes this team may not have the big names of the eighties with the likes of Morris, Gibson, Trammell and Whitaker, but they are turning the Motor City into a baseball town once again. Ivan Rodriguez went 4-5 with a double and a RBI and was backed by two hits apiece from Bobby Higginson, Rondell White( who added a homer), Carlos Guillen and Omar Infante. Starter Jason Johnson had a quite impressive first outing( 6 2/3 in., 5H, 1BB, 4K) to notch his first win. The only chink in the Tigers pitching armor was the two relievers, Ugueth Urbina and Troy Percival, who took 43 pitches to get out of the last two innings. Terrance Long led the Royals effort going 3-4, while Emil Brown connected on his first homerun off Percival to plate 2 RBI's. Royals starter Zack Grienke was hit by a liner in the 3rd inning after giving up four hits and striking out one. Detroit will now welcome a young Cleveland Indians team into town while Kansas City must go somewhere in Southern California to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near Vero Beach, or something like that.