Chris "Big Red" Shelton had his first multi-homer day, as he hit 2 in the Opening Day 3-1 victory down in Kansas City. "Very good ballgame," manager Jim Leyland said, upon his first win leading the only team he knew for the first 19 years of his pro baseball career. "The team played well. We got some good pitching. We just got a few more hits, and ours managed to go over the fence."
Shelton happened to provide just enough support for Rogers (1-0). The Tigers' oldest Opening Day pitcher ever and oldest to start any game since Wild Bill Donovan in 1918, Rogers battled off the lingering effects of a flu bug he had last week to retire the first six batters he faced and finish off his final seven batters in order. He scattered a run on three hits, struck out five and walked no one. MORE