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Detroit Tigers Opening Day: Previewing Today's Game Against The New York Yankees

Assuming the weather cooperates, the Detroit Tigers will have their Opening Day festivities begin this afternoon in New York against the Yankees. Today is the first day of the Major League Baseball season, and Detroit is set to play at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

The starting pitchers for today's season-opening game are Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia. Verlander had a tremendous spring for Detroit, pitching 28.0 innings and allowing only three earned runs. That was good for an ERA of 0.96. He will look to carry that great pitching into the regular season. New York's Sabathia will also look to carry momentum from his best spring training (numbers-wise) in years into the regular season.

Here is a look at the lineups for today's game:

Detroit Tigers

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Alex Avila, C

New York Yankees

  1. Brett Gardner, LF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Jorge Posada, DH
  8. Curtis Granderson, CF
  9. Russell Martin, C

Today's game between the Tigers and Yankees will be broadcast on ESPN and FS Detroit. Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will serve as the announcers for ESPN's broadcast, and Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian will be in attendance as reporters. As always, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen will call the game for FS Detroit.

The first pitch of the season is set to be thrown at 1:05 p.m., shortly after former Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the ceremonial first pitch.

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