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Tigers fall in extras
Royals 5, Tigers 4
Justin Verlander didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning Monday. (Gregory Shamus/Getty)
Carlos Guillen tied the game in the eighth with a leadoff homer, but the Tigers fell in extras in the 2008 opener. Justin Verlander was sharp early, but exited without retiring a batter in the seventh. He limited KC to four hits but still gave up four runs.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (1-0)
Won 1
Kansas City 5, Detroit 4   DET
Detroit (0-1)
Lost 1
March 31, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1   5 10 0
Detroit
0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0   4 10 1
Standings thru 3/31/08  |  Recap: KC | DET  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Tigers stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF1000000.000
  a-Gathright, PH-CF4000102.000
Grudzielanek, 2B4131000.750
  1-German, PR-2B1000012.000
Gordon, 3B5112025.200
Guillen, RF5000023.000
Butler, DH5010001.200
Teahen, LF3110202.333
Gload, 1B4110001.250
Buck, C5121020.400
Pena, SS5011032.200
Totals42510531018 

a-Grounded out for DeJesus in the 3rd.
1-Ran for Grudzielanek in the 10th.

BATTING
3B: Teahen (1, Lopez).
HR: Gordon (1, 6th inning off Verlander, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Grudzielanek 3; Gordon 4; Butler; Teahen 3; Gload; Buck 2; Pena.
RBI: Gordon 2 (2), Buck (1), Grudzielanek (1), Pena (1).
2-out RBI: Grudzielanek; Pena.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen; Teahen; Gordon; Gload; Butler; German.
S: Gload.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: German (1, 2nd base off Bautista/Rodriguez), Grudzielanek (1, 2nd base off Verlander/Rodriguez).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Guillen (Ordonez at home).
DP: (Pena-Grudzielanek-Gload).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Renteria, SS5011131.200
Polanco, 2B6000006.000
Sheffield, DH1001410.000
Ordonez, RF5020005.400
Cabrera, 3B5111023.200
Guillen, 1B5231000.600
Rodriguez, C5110021.200
Jones, J, LF4000022.000
  Thomas, LF10100001.000
Inge, CF3010110.333
Totals40410461118 

BATTING
2B: Guillen (1, Meche), Ordonez (1, Meche), Inge (1, Meche), Thomas (1, Soria).
HR: Cabrera (1, 5th inning off Meche, 0 on, 0 out), Guillen (1, 8th inning off Tomko, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Renteria; Ordonez 3; Cabrera 4; Guillen 7; Rodriguez; Thomas 2; Inge 2.
RBI: Renteria (1), Sheffield (1), Cabrera (1), Guillen (1).
2-out RBI: Renteria; Sheffield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera; Polanco 2; Ordonez 2.
S: Inge.
GIDP: Ordonez.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Cabrera (1, throw).
PB: Rodriguez (1).
Outfield assists: Inge (Teahen at home).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche 6.08334514.50
Tomko (BS, 1)2.01111214.50
Nunez (W, 1-0)2.00001300.00
Soria (S, 1)1.01000100.00
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Verlander 6.04441616.00
Grilli (BS, 1)0.11000000.00
Seay 0.10000000.00
Lopez 1.12000000.00
Jones, T 1.00000100.00
Bautista (L, 0-1)2.03112304.50

Verlander pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

HBP: Grudzielanek (by Verlander).
Pitches-strikes: Meche 99-64, Tomko 32-19, Nunez 26-16, Soria 15-10, Verlander 97-60, Grilli 8-7, Seay 4-3, Lopez 11-9, Jones, T 15-10, Bautista 38-25.
Ground outs-fly outs: Meche 4-8, Tomko 4-0, Nunez 0-3, Soria 2-0, Verlander 6-6, Grilli 1-0, Seay 0-1, Lopez 1-3, Jones, T 1-1, Bautista 1-1.
Batters faced: Meche 29, Tomko 7, Nunez 7, Soria 4, Verlander 25, Grilli 2, Seay 1, Lopez 6, Jones, T 3, Bautista 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Grilli 2-1, Seay 2-0, Lopez 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Adrian Johnson. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 51 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:37.
Att: 44,934.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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