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It’s Opening Day at Comerica Park, as the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. Follow the action with live updates throughout the game by Matt Schoch of The Detroit News.

Greene closes it out, Tigers win

Closer Shane Greene worked the ninth inning for his third save in three days, giving the Tigers a 5-4 win in the home opener.

Greene earned his fifth save of the season by retiring Whit Merrifield with a grounder to second base for the final out.

Niko Goodrum had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Detroit offense, moving the Tigers to 5-3 on the young season.

Tigers 5, Royals 4; final

Greene has the ninth

Tigers closer Shane Greene will attempt to earn a save for the third straight day - and earn his fifth on the season - by pitching the ninth inning.

Tigers 5, Royals 4; top 9th

Gordon's home run makes it 5-4

Alex Gordon hit a home run in the eighth inning to pull the Royals within 5-4 of the Tigers.

Closer Shane Greene is warming up for the Tigers. Looks like he has the ninth inning for the third straight day.

Tigers 5, Royals 4; mid 8th

Patient Tigers take lead on walks

Four straight Tigers earned walks to open the bottom of the seventh inning, as Josh Harrison scored on Niko Goodrum's free pass.

Nicholas Castellanos then scored on a Christin Stewart sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.

The Tigers and Royals have gone to the bullpens as the starters will earn no-decisions.

Tigers rookie Spencer Turnbull finished with 10 strikeouts, a career high.

Tigers 5, Royals 3; end 7th

Turnbull mowing them down

Tigers rookie Spencer Turnbull got out of the sixth inning and now has 10 strikeouts, a career high.

In three career starts entering Thursday, Turnbull had 20 total Ks.

Combined with Matthew Boyd's 13 strikeouts Wednesday in New York, this is the first time since 2014 that Tigers pitchers had double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games since Rick Porcello and Anibal Sanchez did the trick.

Tigers 3, Royals 3; mid 6th

Goodrum ties it up with double

Niko Goodrum scored Josh Harrison with a bloop double down the line in right to tie the score at 3-apiece in the bottom of the fifth.

Harrison got the rally started with a single, then advanced to third with a stolen base and an error.

After a Miguel Cabrera walk, Goodrum tied the game with the hit.

Tigers 3, Royals 3; end 5th

Royals regain lead in fifth

The Royals took the lead in the top of the fifth as Alex Gordon scored Whit Merrifield on a sacrifice fly to deep left.

Merrifield pushed his hit streak, which dates back to last season, to 26 games with a single in the third inning

Royals 3, Tigers 2; mid 5th

Pitcher finding groove at Comerica

Starting pitchers Jakob Junis and Spencer Turnbull have settled in after allowing four runs in three innings.

Turnbull retired the Royals in order in the top of the fourth, and Junis got two strikeouts and an infield pop fly to retire the Tigers.

Royals 2, Tigers 2; end 4th

Royals tie it up on Soler bloop

An RBI bloop single by Jorge Soler tied the game at 2-apiece in the bottom of the second off Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull.

It was Soler's second RBI and scored Whit Merrifield.

Shortstop Jordy Mercer made a great over-the-shoulder catch to help keep the damage at a minimum.

Royals 2, Tigers 2; mid 3rd 

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Tigers take lead in first inning

The Royals' lead was short-lived, as the first three Tigers reached base, including Miguel Cabrera's single to right to score Josh Harrison.

Niko Goodrum followed with a fielder's choice that scored Nick Castellanos, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Christin Stewart also added a double before Royals starter Jakob Junis got out of the inning.

Tigers 2, Royals 1; end 1st

Royals take early lead on Castellanos error

Spencer Turnbull got the first two batters on strikes but ran into some trouble after that.

He walked Alex Gordon and then Jorge Soler hit a two-out double. Because of a misplay by Nicholas Castellanos in right, Gordon scored on an error.

Royals 1, Tigers 0; mid 1st

Hernandez gets season started

Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez tossed out the ceremonial first pitch to get the season started.

The lefty threw to Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, going all the way out to the mound and adding a little flair to the proceedings.

The pitch bounced, but not bad for a 64-year old.

New-look Royals rebuilding

These aren't your 2015 Kansas City Royals.

That team that won the World Series is not the ones in Detroit for the opener.

With catcher Salvador Perez out for the season, only outfielder Alex Gordon remains as the big names from that championship squad. He's hitting third manager Ned Yost's lineup.

Turnbull looking for first career win

Getting the ball today for the Tigers is right-hander Spencer Turnbull, who is still looking for his first career Big League win.

Good thing he didn't head back to town early, according to a funny piece from our Chris McCosky, an anecdote that almost got Turnbull arrested.

Hernandez back in town

Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez is throwing out the first pitch today.

The 1984 Cy Young and MVP looks great and is ready to open the home season for the Tigers.

Dan Petry, a starter on the '84 team, said what made Willie special was his ability to get multi-inning saves, closing the door like he did in the World Series clincher against San Diego.

In addition, Motown recording legend Mary Wilson of the Supremes, will sing the national anthem.

Opening Day is here

We are live here at Comerica Park for the 20th season of Tigers baseball. The Kansas City Royals are in town in a meeting of two former AL Central powers who are in rebuild mode.

But that doesn't matter today. It's Opening Day. Let's party.


When: Thursday, 1:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD/97.1 FM

Starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull vs. Royals RHP Jakob Junis


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