Senators 4 – Tigers 0, at Navin Field
Twenty-three men named Heinie have played in the majors, the last in 1944. Two of them appeared in this game: future Hall of Famer (and former Tiger) Heinie Manush for the Senators and Heinie Schuble for the Tigers.
Time of game: 1 hour 35 minutes. I can’t even imagine.
April 26, 2013: Anibal Sanchez sets a new Tigers record by striking out 17 batters in 8 innings in beating the Braves, 10-0.
— Mike McClary (@DailyFungo) April 26, 2016
P.S. The 2012 club was 20-21 after the win. The same record the Tigers will have if they beat the Rays tonight.
Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in 20 months and his first in a Tigers uniform as the Tigers shut out the Rangers, 4-0.
The D-Train allowed only one hit — a double to Michael Young — in six and a third innings, and retired 17 batters in a row at one point and snapped the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.
1901 – At Bennett Park, the Detroit Tigers make an incredible comeback in their American League debut. Trailing 13 – 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Tigers score 10 runs in their last at-bat to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 14 – 13. Frank Dillon drives in the game-winning run with a double, his fourth of the game. Dillon’s four doubles is an opening day record that will be matched by Jim Greengrass in 1954.
No boxscore is available for this game, but here’s something for you: the 14-run game begins a four-game stretch in which the Tigers score 45 runs … and give up 38.
1960 – A record opening day crowd of 53,563 at Briggs Stadium sees the Detroit Tigers chalk up their third straight win, 6 – 5, against the Chicago White Sox. Recently-acquired Rocky Colavito blasts a home run in his first at-bat with Detroit, and Eddie Yost adds a home run in the 5th inning.