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Justin Verlander to make fourth straight Opening Day start for Tigers

Feb 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jim Leyland has joined the early Opening Day starter announcement fun, saying that he’ll go with Justin Verlander in Game 1 for the fourth consecutive year.

Leyland added that Max Scherzer will start Game 3 in order to line him up for the Tigers’ home opener, but didn’t say who’ll be getting the nod in Game 2. Rick Porcello, Phil Coke, and Brad Penny are expected to fill out the rest of the rotation.

Verlander, who’ll kick things off against the Yankees in New York on March 31, got a no-decision against the Royals on Opening Day last season while allowing four runs in five innings.

  1. Brian Murphy - Feb 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Have I mentioned how disappointed I am with the number of opening-day games? From 2005-10, a double-digit number of games were played on opening day, and that doesn’t include the Sunday night primer. Most of those years included 12, 13 or 14 games on that first brilliant Monday. The fact that the start has been moved to a Thursday doesn’t bother me. The fact that there are only six games on March 31 does. Twelve teams playing on opening day is not opening day. That’s ope- da-.
    I’m still psyched, but the lack of league-wide action when most everyone should be on the field is a letdown.

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