Tonight the city of Detroit hosts its first first MLB post-season game in 19 years. It'll also be the first playoff game at Comerica Park.
Spirits are high for the Tigers following yesterday's 4-3 come from behind victory to even the series at a game a piece. Hopefully they brought that every bit of that energy and enthusiasm back with them, because they still have a lot of work to do.
Tonight's starting pitchers:
Kenny Rogers (17-8, 3.84) vs. Randy Johnson (17-11, 5.00)
There's been quite a bit of talk regarding Kenny's previous playoff woes. (In nine games, he has a 0-3 record and 8.85 ERA.) However, he has several things going for him tonight. First and foremost is Randy Johnson's back. Last week, Johnson received an epidural (the same thing given to women while giving birth) to relieve the pain. A forecast calling for temperatures in the upper-40s shouldn't help Randy's back.
Rogers has fared well at Comerica Park this season. He's compiled a 7-3 record and 3.26 ERA in 17 starts at home. Comerica Park's cushy dimensions and tonight's cold temperatures may help Kenny in his attempt to tame the Yankees' lineup.
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on ESPN and locally on FOX 2. It can be heard on WXYT-AM (1270), WTKA-AM (1050) and WDFN-AM (1130).
First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m.
I was lucky enough to get tickets for tonight's game. I'll try to post any good pictures I take at the game.