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Game Time: 3:05 | TV: MASN, FSN (DET) | Radio: WHFS
Chad Durbin, RH Daniel Cabrera, RH (0-0, -.--) (0-1, 3.86) CF C Granderson 2B B Roberts 2B P Polanco 3B M Mora DH G Sheffield RF N Markakis RF M Ordonez SS M Tejada SS C Guillen 1B A Huff C I Rodriguez LF J Gibbons 1B S Casey DH K Millar LF C Monroe CF C Patterson 3B B Inge C P Bako

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This is the latest that a season at Camden Yards has opened in 12 years. Cal throws out today's opening pitch.

The Tigers won 3-2 yesterday on Pudge Rodriguez's ninth-inning, three-run home run in Kansas City off of David Riske, and they're 3-2 in the first five games of defending their American League crown. They're still a really good team, though having Chad Durbin in the place of Kenny Rogers to start the season is a little bit of a blow. Durbin hasn't made a start since 2004, and is one of those countless Royals flameouts from the late 1990s/early 2000s. Drafted in the third round out of high school in 1996, Durbin only had about a season and a half of real starting time for Kansas City, giving them 16 brutal games in 2000 and 29 pretty poor games in 2001. He has since pitched in Cleveland and Arizona, and was out of the majors in 2005. He made three relief appearances for Detroit last year.

Cabrera was pretty decent in his first start this year, going seven against the Twins and allowing three earned in a 3-2 loss. He struck out nine, but he still walked four. It's a mild improvement, but you still can't walk four guys a game and get away with it all that often. We'll probably see Alberto Castillo today, too, which means no Paul "Superman" Bako.