Tigers, Verlander in control

Yolanda Curtis
April 6, 2017

There was also too much rain and — because of that — no game.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m. "The more you relax, the worse you think it might be".

It had been raining all afternoon. Opening Day was postponed on Monday.

"There's no contingencies to work out, really", he said. Friday's forecast includes temperatures in the 30s with a chance of snow but we could see the temperature reach 40 degrees with precipitation clearing by game time. But we do feel we have a good team, a team that's going to compete. Cody Allen allowed consecutive doubles by Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli starting a 25-pitch ninth inning before striking out Rougned Odor, pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo for his second save.

"I think everyone had a similar feel around the locker room in spring training", said Verlander, whose team finished second in the AL Central past year and fell short of a wild card.

It was a familiar result for a White Sox team taking a different approach after four straight losing seasons. They traded ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton.

There's a new manager, with Renteria replacing Robin Ventura.

So your humble correspondent found little cause for celebration as he shuffled sadly out of Guaranteed Rate Field (yeah, that's what they're calling it now).

There is no definitive reason yet from Ausmus or the club for the changes to the rotation. "His biggest thing is just focusing on preparing for the season".

Quintana could be the next star player to be traded.

"It's frustrating because you want to get going a little bit", Chicago third baseman Todd Frazier said of the extra days off.

Verlander relied on a steady diet of fastballs throughout his start and effectively used the pitch to keep White Sox hitters off-balance.

NOTES: Tigers OF J.D. Martinez had a cast removed and underwent therapy on Monday after spraining the Linsfranc ligament in his right foot last month while making a catch. White Sox RHP Juan Minaya, LHP Carlos Rodon and OF Charlie Wilson remain on the disabled list.

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