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Tigers News and Notes: Commanding win vs. Twins, Nathan and JV to DL, Hardy and Lobstein called up

Game 2 of 162 for the Detroit Tigers was on Wednesday, continuing their 3-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Opening day on Monday was a well played game for the Tigers and second-year manager Brad Ausmus, blanking the Twins, 4-0 behind a beauty of a start from starting left-hander David Price. They continued their early winning ways on Wednesday, pounding Minnesota by a final score of 11-0. We also have news on two important pitchers for Detroit heading to the disabled list, and two pitchers called up from Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

TIGERS 11, TWINS 0

The Tigers keep the Twins off the scoreboard for the second consecutive time to open the 2015 season. This is the first time in franchise history that the Tigers start the season off with two straight shutouts. It is the 14th time in Major League Baseball since 1900 that a team has reached this feat.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez took to the mound on Wednesday, hoping he can produce similar numbers that David Price put up in the first game of the series. He may have not been efficient, but Sanchez pitched exceptionally well. he pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out six batters, and only giving up three hits and two walks to Twins hitters.

A combination of Angel NesbittIan KrolAl Ablurquerque, and Joakim Soria finished the game, giving up just one hit and striking out three in 2 1/3 innings.

The bats were very hot on this rather chilly afternoon in Detroit. Shortstop Jose Iglesias made a very strong case for player of the game today. He went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and one walk. The top three in the order, Anthony GoseIan Kinsler, and Miguel Cabrera were a combined 7 for 14 with three runs scored, nine runs batted in, and one walk.

The Twins bats were the only thing colder than the weather in Detroit this afternoon. Now in two games to open the season against the Tigers, they have mustered just nine hits and struck out 15 times. Not the start Twins first-season manager Paul Molitor wanted to see.


 

VERLANDER, NATHAN BOTH LAND ON DL

Unfortunately, the news around the Tigers is not all positive. Two games into the season, and the injury bug has found its way into the clubhouse early for Detroit. Today, they announced that starting pitcher Justin Verlander and closer Joe Nathan will be heading to the disabled list for the Tigers.

JV is now going to miss his originally scheduled start this weekend against the Cleveland Indians. It is the first time that he landed on the disabled list in his career.

The news of Joe Nathan came following the conclusion of the game this afternoon.


 

BLAINE HARDY, KYLE LOBSTEIN CALLED UP

Two young pitchers will already make their season debuts for the Detroit Tigers. Starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein will make his first start of 2015 against the Indians on Sunday.

Relief pitcher Blaine Hardy will be making the trip from Toledo as well, in place of Nathan.

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