Thoughts on game 7 of 162

Welcome sight: Newcomer Victor Martinez had a key three-RBI double in the opening inning of Detroit's 5-2 win over Kansas City in Friday's home opener at Comerica Park (AP)

Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer proved to be a winning combination for the Tigers in their home opening victory over the Royals on Friday. Scherzer provided the team with a quality start and Martinez provided early offense that made the difference in the 5-2 victory for Detroit in its first game of the season against an AL Central team.

Hero / key sequence: Victor Martinez endeared himself to the Detroit fans by changing the game in his first home at-bat at Comerica Park. Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the first inning and drilled a three-RBI triple to the right center field gap. That hit sparked the four-run first inning and provided all the offense the Tigers needed.

Unsung hero: Jhonny Peralta.

Peralta has quietly gotten off to a decent start offensively and added to it by driving in Detroit’s other two runs in Friday’s win. Peralta had a two-out double that plated Martinez in the opening inning and added a sacrifice fly that gave the Tigers their fifth and final run. Peralta finished 2 for 3 and is batting .333 so far this season.

Max power: Scherzer went six strong innings, giving up just one run and striking out three to improve to 2-0 on the mound this season. He only had a little trouble in the third and fourth innings. He allowed the lone run in the third on a two-out triple by Melky Cabrera. In the fourth he worked out of a bases loaded jam by getting an infield ground out to end the inning.

Today: Vs. Kansas City, 4 p.m. Reliever turned starter Phil Coke will be making his first start of 2011.

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