Tigers Lose Season opener to Blue Jays 5-3 in 10 Innings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Troy Glaus hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Detroit 5-3 on Monday, spoiling the Tigers' season-opening celebration.
During a pregame ceremony, the Tigers raised the 2006 AL pennant up a center-field flag pole between the franchise's four championship flags. Fireworks were set off to commemorate the moment for Detroit fans, who hadn't seen a Tigers team make the World Series since 1984.
The Blue Jays quickly quieted the Comerica Park-record crowd of 44,297 when their first three batters scored on RBIs from Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Alex Rios.
In his Detroit debut, Gary Sheffield hit sacrifice flies to drive in a run in the third and fifth innings. Placido Polanco's RBI double tied it at 3 in the fifth.
Both starting pitchers -- Toronto's Roy Halladay and Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman -- gave up three runs over six innings, but one run was unearned against Halladay.
Halladay allowed two earned runs, six hits and a walk. Bonderman gave up five hits, two walks and retired 10 straight from the second through the fifth inning.
Detroit's Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones followed with three scoreless innings before Fernando Rodney (0-1) entered in the 10th. He got into trouble after getting the first out by giving up a single, walk, hitting a batter and allowing Glaus' single. Rios followed with an RBI grounder to give the Blue Jays a two-run lead.
Casey Janssen relieved Halladay and retired seven in order before Scott Downs entered with one out in the ninth. Sean Casey drew a one-out walk in the ninth against Downs, but Jason Frasor (1-0) quickly ended the threat by striking out Craig Monroe and getting Brandon Inge to ground out. B.J. Ryan pitched the 10th for the save.
Sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 62 degrees welcomed fans back to Comerica Park for the first time since Detroit beat St. Louis on Oct. 22, 2006, in Game 2 of the World Series, in what turned out to be their lone win against the Cardinals.
After Bonderman's rough start, he bounced back, left fielder Monroe made at least one catch that prevented a home run and just enough offense was generated to keep the fans happy and in their seats until the game went to extra innings when some left the ballpark.


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