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  • Opening Day excuse letter to teacher: My son has an appointment with Dr. Verlander

    Opening Day excuse letter to teacher: My son has an appointment with Dr. Verlander

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:36:59 GMT
    Reports on various sports sites source a letter posted on a Twitter account about a letter that may have been sent to a teacher from a student. True or not true -- it's a great letter written to get out of class and go to the Detroit Tigers Opening Day game.  With Tigers' ace Justin Verlander on the mound the excuse gets an 'A' for effort if nothing else.
    Reports on various sports sites source a letter posted on a Twitter account about a letter that may have been sent to a teacher from a student. True or not true -- it's a great letter written to get out of class and go to the Detroit Tigers Opening Day game.  With Tigers' ace Justin Verlander on the mound the excuse gets an 'A' for effort if nothing else.
  • Tigers win home opener 4-3

    Tigers win home opener 4-3

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:46:18 GMT
    With one out in the ninth Alex Gonzalez single to left scored Tyler Collins. The Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3.
    With one out in the ninth Alex Gonzalez single to left scored Tyler Collins. The Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3.
  • Send us your Tigers' Opening Day selfies

    Send us your Tigers' Opening Day selfies

    Monday, March 31 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-03-31 13:38:49 GMT
    JV on the mound. Perfect weather on tap. The long, long, long winter is over. Opening Day is a rite of passage. If you're going to the game, share a "selfie" with us. We'll make a gallery and share with the rest of the Fox 2 Viewing audience.
    JV on the mound. Perfect weather on tap. The long, long, long winter is over. Opening Day is a rite of passage. If you're going to the game, share a "selfie" with us. We'll make a gallery and share with the rest of the Fox 2 Viewing audience.
Join Fox 2 for complete coverage of Opening Day in the D starting with Fox 2 News morning at 4:30am! The weather is expected to warm up to the mid-50's just in time for baseball. First pitch against Kansas City is scheduled for 1:08pm!

Stay with Fox 2 and myfoxdetroit.com for complete Opening Day coverage!

 Brad Ausmus expects to approach his managerial debut with the same relaxed attitude he showed throughout spring training.
 
"I'm assuming it will be similar to opening day, the first time I played an opening day," Ausmus said. "Having been to Detroit, I know there will be a ton of energy in the stadium, having played opening day there before. I'm sure I'll be excited about it, but you wouldn't know it if you saw me."
 
Ausmus and the Tigers begin their pursuit of a fourth straight AL Central title Monday against the Kansas City Royals. Justin Verlander will make his seventh consecutive opening day start, and Detroit will try to move on from a difficult spring training in which three significant players went down with major injuries.
 
Kansas City will send right-hander James Shields to the mound. The Royals are coming off an 86-win season -- the first time they'd finished above .500 in a decade. They'll need to take another step forward to displace Detroit atop the division, but what better way to start than with a three-game series in Motown?
 
"We like playing the Tigers. Every time they come into town, or we go there, it's a different energy when we play them, and it has to be," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "They're the ones we have to set out to get. That's who we have to go through to win the division. We welcome the challenge."
 
Ausmus took over as Detroit's manager after Jim Leyland stepped down at the end of last season, but the Tigers bring their same trio of stars back for 2014. Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer have combined to win three MVPs and two Cy Young Awards in the last three seasons. Detroit recently signed Cabrera to a $292 million, 10-year deal -- but that was one of precious few feel-good moments for the team over the last few weeks.
 
Outfielder Andy Dirks, shortstop Jose Iglesias and reliever Bruce Rondon have all gone down with major injuries. Dirks is likely to miss at least the first two months of the season, and Iglesias is expected to be out even longer. Rondon will not return this year.
 
The Tigers will start Rajai Davis in left field and Alex Gonzalez at shortstop in the opener.
 
"I think when you look around the locker room, you see the same core group of guys, and you also see some fresh new faces," center fielder Austin Jackson said. "The lineup got a little more athletic, we added some speed. Just adding some key parts to the team in general I think gets guys motivated and wanting to get the season started."
 
Jackson has been Detroit's leadoff hitter for pretty much his entire four-year career, but he'll hit fifth Monday. New second baseman Ian Kinsler -- acquired this off season from Texas in a blockbuster trade for Prince Fielder -- will top the batting order.
 
The improved Royals presented an interesting contrast to the powerful Tigers last season. Kansas City's sharp defense and speed on the bases gave Detroit problems at times, and the Royals went 10-9 against the Tigers.
 
Kansas City returns most of its key players from 2013. The Royals signed left-hander Jason Vargas to replace their only significant loss, starting pitcher Ervin Santana.
 
They also traded for Norichika Aoki to play right field and bat leadoff and signed second baseman Omar Infante away from the Tigers.
 
The Royals were six games under .500 in late July before going 41-25 down the stretch.
 
"Being in it in September was a lot of fun, but we have to do that from day one, and not wait until the All-Star break to start playing good baseball," reliever Aaron Crow said. "I think the end of the season reaffirmed everyone's belief that we're a good team, and going into this year everyone knows it."
 

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  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:10:35 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:58:07 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Neighbors tie pink ribbons to remember murdered Armada teen

    Neighbors tie pink ribbons to remember murdered Armada teen

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:40:12 GMT
    The community in Armada Township is pulling together to support the family of murdered 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The community in Armada Township is pulling together to support the family of murdered 14-year-old April Millsap.
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