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Cabrera Hits Two-Run Homer, Detroit Tigers Finish Opening Day 3-2 Over Cleveland

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DETROIT, April 1, 2021 ~ The Detroit Tigers launched their 2021 season Thursday, and for the first time since September of 2019, there were fans in the stands cheering them on.

The Tigers won their first game against the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, on a cold, and at times snowy, Thursday afternoon.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, pushing the score to 2-0. However, due to the short-lived whiteout, Cabrera slid into second, unaware the ball had passed the fences. It was his first Opening Day home run since 2008.

Cleveland Pitcher Shane Bieber gave up another run in the second, when JaCoby Jones landed a RBI double.


April 1, 2021 ~ Ilitch Holdings President & CEO Chris Illitch talks to Paul W. about the importance of Opening Day in Detroit and his commitment to the team and the City of Detroit.

April 1, 2021 ~ Detroit Tigers Play by Play Announcer Dan Dickerson talks to Paul W. and Steve on Opening Day and says he\’s looking forward to a great season of baseball.

April 1, 2021 ~ The new Detroit Tigers Manager A.J. Hinch tells Paul W. and Steve he is looking forward to a great season.

This win marks number 11 out of the last 13 openers.

\”Just want to welcome y\’all back to watch us play, and we thank you for the love and the support you always show us,\” Pitcher Buck Farmer said to the near 8,200 fans in attendance. \”Get this season started off right. Go Tigers!\”

Watch the Tigers and Indians face-off again at 1:10 p.m. this Saturday, April 3.