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Detroit Tigers Home Opener 2017: Seven Observations From 6-5 Win

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Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) celebrates after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) celebrates after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann (34) and center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) celebrate after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Tigers Not Bothered By Knuckleballs Early

Knuckleball pitchers often find success because opposing hitters have trouble with the change of speed and movement of the pitch.

However, the Detroit Tigers didn’t have any issues with Boston’s Steven Wright early in the game.

Ian Kinsler singled while Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton drew walks in the first inning. JaCoby Jones also added a base hit in the second.

Double Plays

Double plays can kill rallies and run-scoring opportunities, as was the case for the Tigers at times on Friday.

The team grounded into three double plays in the second, third and sixth innings.

JaCoby Jones Makes Defensive Impact

The rookie center fielder continued to impress early in the season.

Jones made some key plays early on defense, including a nifty running grab to rob Jackie Bradley Jr. of extra bases in the top of the second inning.

In the fifth, Jones backed up second base on an errant pickoff throw by Michael Fulmer.

The center fielder was quick to get to a throw into center field by the starter, preventing base runner Pablo Sandoval from taking third base in the process.

In the end, the play ended up saving the Tigers a run, as Sandoval eventually moved to third base on a fielder’s choice.

With two outs in the inning, Andrew Benintendi later flew out to end the frame.

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