April 5, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - It was a big week for former Tiger baseball players in the professional ranks last week as Major League Baseball opened its 2011 regular season. Former Tiger ace Aaron Crow made his big league debut with the Kansas City Royals, and it was memorable. Ian Kinsler made a little history as his Texas Rangers swept the Red Sox and Max Scherzer tallied his first win of the season for the Detroit Tigers. Below is a breakdown of each player's performances.
Aaron Crow- Kansas City Royals
Crow made an impressive debut in the big leagues during the Royals first series of the season. He got his first major league appearance on Thursday on Opening Day at Kaufmann Stadium, striking out three of four batters in the process. He fanned Howie Kendrick and All-Stars Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells for those three Ks. He pitched another 1.2 innings on Saturday, continuing his success as he got his first career big-league win. In all he threw 3.0 scoreless innings while striking out five batters and allowing just two hits on the week. Manager Ned Yost has also flirted with the idea of turning Crow into a starter as he was quoted as saying:
"I would never abandon the thought of making him a starter somewhere down the road because his stuff is pretty dynamic. We'll start with him in the pen, have some success and go from there."
Ian Kinsler- Texas Rangers
Max Scherzer- Detroit Tigers
Kinsler became the first player in MLB history to hit a leadoff homerun in both of the first two games of the season over the weekend against the Red Sox. He and teammate Nelson Cruz also became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season. In his 10 at bats over the weekend, he scored five runs with four hits while hitting .400. He also tallied a double on the weekend and led the Rangers to a sweep of the Red Sox.
Scherzer earned his first win of the season for the Detroit Tigers in their opening series against the Yankees over the weekend in New York. He pitched 5.0 innings, striking out six batters in his first outing of the season. Scherzer will have the chance to reconnect with former Mizzou teammate Aaron Crow
during the Tigers opening day against the Royals on April 8th.