Detroit Tigers 2017: When is the team’s first home stand?

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Apr 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Mikie Mahtook (15) is greeted by Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) during introduction before the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Mikie Mahtook (15) is greeted by Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) during introduction before the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers baseball is officially back. The team will play their first games of the season in Chicago against the division-rival White Sox. But when will the Tigers open at Comerica Park? We have you covered.

Detroit Tigers fans didn’t get to see the team play Monday, as the season opener against Chicago was rained out.

The game will be made up on Tuesday, but arguably the more pressing question is, when will the Tigers have the team’s first home stand in Detroit?

That would be from Friday, April 7 through Thursday, April 13.

Detroit will be play host to the Boston Red Sox on Friday as the Tigers kick off a four-game set against the Boston Red Sox.

In terms of a starting pitcher, the Tigers will send Michael Fulmer to the hill in the first game of the season at Comerica Park.

He’ll be followed by Matt Boyd on Saturday before the rotation turns over and Justin Verlander makes another scheduled start.

Fulmer previously made two starts against the Red Sox last season, allowing 17 hits and nine runs in 13.1 innings.

The reigning American League Rookie of the Year’s numbers against Boston may not inspire much confidence, but it was very much a tale of two starts for the pitcher.

Tale of Two Starts

In a July 16 outing against the Sox, Fulmer allowed just three runs on seven hits in 7.2 frames.

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Two of Boston’s three runs came on two solo home runs from Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia.

That performance was much better than his August 19 start against the Red Sox.

In the start, the rookie was tagged for 10 hits and six runs in only 5.2 innings of work.

If Fulmer can keep the ball in the yard—he allowed four home runs in the two starts against Boston—he should be much better off, considering he only allowed one total walk.

Boyd Against Boston

Following Michael Fulmer in the rotation will be Matt Boyd.

The Washington native has made two lifetime starts against the Red Sox.

It’s probably safe to say that his first wasn’t the best. While still pitching for Toronto in June of 2015, Boyd was tagged for seven runs, six hits, two home runs and a walk against Boston. He failed to record an out.

Things were much better for the left-hander in his second outing against the team.

This time in a Detroit Tigers uniform, Boyd allowed just five hits, two walks and a run in six innings. He struck out four as the Tigers claimed a 4-3 win.

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First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Eastern time on Friday.

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