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The White Sox finally got their Opening Day game in against the Detroit Tigers, and it was not pretty. Following Monday’s postponement, the Sox played their first game of the season in comfortable weather.

Tuesday’s game saw a true battle of aces as Jose Quintana faced off against former MVP winner, Justin Verlander. Verlander brought his A game, striking out 10 over 6 1/3 innings. Quintana, on the other hand, struggled mightily in his first career Opening Day start. He allowed 6 runs including 3 home runs in 5 1/3 innings. This was only Quintana’s fifth career start in which he allowed 3 or more home runs. To put this in perspective, Quintana gave up his second home run of last season on May 30th. Today, he allowed his second home run of the season in the second inning of his first start.

Another poor aspect of the game for the White Sox was their offense. This comes as no surprise as the White Sox have had an anemic offense for the last several years. Sox hitters struck out a total of 11 times on Tuesday, including 3 strikeouts each from Tim Anderson and Cody Asche. The Sox came up with 8 hits, but only 4 players contributed to that. Saladino, Cabrera, Abreu, and Garcia each had 2 hits. Todd Frazier smoked 2 line drives in Tuesday’s game, but they both found Detroit outfielders.

Detroit’s offense came from 3 home runs early in the game. Trailing early, rookie JaCoby Jones hit a 3-run shot for his first career home run in the second inning. Shortly after that, Nick Castellanos hit a 2-run blast to put the Tigers up 5-1. A solo homer from Ian Kinsler in the fourth finished the Detroit scoring for the day, but Justin Verlander and the back-end of their bullpen held the lead to notch their first win of the season.

Detroit and Chicago play the second game of their three game series tomorrow at 1:10 with James Shields taking the mound for the Sox and Jordan Zimmerman for the Tigers.

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