Last season, Detroit only swept two opponents, a three-game sweep at Baltimore from May 5-7 and July 8-11 over the White Sox at Comerica Park.
On Tuesday, the Tigers beat the Blue Jays 7-3 to open 2-0 for the first time since 1986, but the victory was a costly one, as Detroit lost designated hitter Dmitri Young to a broken right leg.
Young is expected to miss up to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his lower leg when he dropped to the artificial surface in a failed effort to avoid a tag by second baseman Orlando Hudson in the first inning.
Young appeared to be in severe pain, but was able to put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.
“I guess I’m at a loss for words,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “We’re losing our All-Star from last year. We’ll have to regroup. I don’t know where we go from here.”
Young had a career year last season, batting .297 with 29 home runs and 85 RBIs as the Tigers lost a club-record 119 games.
“We hate to lose Dmitri. It’s a bummer, it’s brutal,” Tigers second baseman Fernando Vina said.
Detroit began 0-9 last year and set an American League record for losses. The Tigers did not win consecutive games until a four-game winning streak from May 4-7.
Reed Johnson homered in the loss for the Blue Jays, who were shut in Monday’s opener.
Toronto looks to right-hander Pat Hengten to deliver its first win of the season.
The 35-year old right-hander is back where he started his career in 1991, signing with Toronto as a free agent after posting a 6-3 record with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts after the All-Star break for Baltimore last season.
Fully recovered from the ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in 2001, Hentgen spent his first nine seasons in Toronto, winning the Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays in 1996, when he went 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA.