Detroit Tigers Opening Day 2016: 3 Things to Know

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Mar 21, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

We’ll Get Our First Look at the Remade Bullpen

Over the course of his career, Justin Verlander has been a workhorse for the Detroit Tigers. So much of a workhorse that he’s accumulated a staggering 21 complete games and 2111.1 innings pitched. That being said, it is likely that he won’t throw a complete game so early in the season.

Crazier things have happened, but it’s probably not going to happen. In other words, the bullpen will play a part.

If all goes to plan and the Tigers earn a win, Francisco Rodriguez will likely make his team debut. The man referred to as K-Rod was stellar during Spring Training. The team’s new closer only allowed one hit and a pair of walks in five innings pitched. To top it all off he put up six strikeouts.

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The game could also see the Detroit debuts of new additions Mark Lowe and Justin Wilson. Both setup relievers were brought in to stabilize and improve the bullpen in the offseason. Getting off to a successful start against the Marlins would definitely be a good sign. Another reliever who could make his first appearance for Detroit is Logan Kensing. Kensing is no stranger to the state of Florida and the Marlins, having for the National League East club from 2004 to 2009.