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OPENING DAY

Tigers edge Royals with Gonzalez RBI single in ninth inning

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields throws during the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit on Monday.

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DETROIT — On a day of dandy Detroit debuts, Alex Gonzalez helped Brad Ausmus start his tenure as Tigers manager with a win.
Gonzalez lined an RBI single off Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Ausmus’ first game since replacing Jim Leyland. Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, and Justin Verlander was sharp aside from a three-run fourth inning that wasn’t all his fault.
“There’s two things that could have spoiled opening day for me,” Ausmus said. “One, if we lost. And two, if ...


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