Billy Zane couldn’t make it to the pregame festivities today at Comerica Park, but he sent his warmest regards in the bottom of the 9th when Austin Jackson drove in Jhonny Peralta to give the Tigers a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day.
Anyone expecting the Tigers’ offense to open the season with a bang was disappointed, as Jon Lester held them scoreless for 6+ innings. Alex Avila opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 7th inning, then Prince Fielder added a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning.
Jose Valverde — who went 49 of 49 in save opportunities last season — blew his first save opportunity of the season by giving up 2 runs in the top of the 9th. Justin Verlander continued to be inhuman, pitching a 2-hit shutout through the first 8 innings.