The number of innings thrown by Justin Verlander in his season debut. The former Cy Young/MVP winner allowed three hits, two runs (both earned), struck out two and walked two batters. He allowed one home run on 87 pitches.
The number of runs allowed by Tigers reliever Blaine Hardy. Like Verlander, Hardy allowed two runs. Unlike Verlander, Hardy only threw a third of an inning. The former Royals farmhand took the loss in relief.
The difference between the Tigers hitters’ collective strikeout total (12) and the Indians’ (5). This had a lot to do with the final outcome of the game as Detroit left 10 runners on base.