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Each morning, David Brown takes a look at the game of the day just past. He begins this AL morning in the Motor City, where Jim Leyland followed his team's 0-3 start with a ceremonial puck drop for the Red Wings in Hockeytown (Detroit sure has a lot of nicknames) ...  

Royals 4, Tigers 1

KC masterpiece: Righty Zack Greinke, perhaps figuring out he belongs in Royals lore among Pastor Dennis Leonard and Bret Saberhagen — or at least Mark Gubicza — allowed a run over 7 innings to cap a three-game sweep.

Tiger meat: "We stunk. ... We just looked, like, dead," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland of the Tigers, who are 0-3 for the first time since 2003 when the team lost 119 games — an AL record.

Bat man: KC's Alex Gordon, propped up a season ago to be some combination of George Brett, George Clooney and George Clinton, might be coming around; he hit his second homer. Seemed like it took him months to do that a season ago.

Pussy whooped (Catnipped?): The Tigers are batting a collective .206 with 24 Ks in three games, and with the likes of Curtis Granderson (DL), Miguel Cabrera (day-to-day), Gary Sheffield (ditto) all hurting, looks like it'll be up to Brandon Inge to carry the load. He hit a solo homer against Greinke. Bend those knees!


Rundown feelin' (Thursday's other games)

White Sox 2, Indians 1 — Danks a lot; second-year hurler John Danks does what millionaires Mark Buehrle and Javier Vazquez could not.

Angels 5, Twins 4 — Torii's gone and not coming back, but Francisco Liriano remains a possibility, reports.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2 — In another time with a different Steinbrenner in charge, Phil Hughes SO would have been traded for Danny Jackson and Jay Baller.

Rays at Orioles, ppd. (rain) — Baseball season isn't official until ping-ponger Andy Sonnanstine makes his first appearance. (Perhaps today.)


Polaroid of the Day: Frank Thomas is not happy 

We didn't run this photo so much because of the Big Hurt. Rather, we figured that Ernie Whitt = millions and millions of clicks. (AP)


Fantasy Freaks

Bobby Abreu (Yankees): 2-for-3 with RBI, BB; batting .500

Joakim Soria (Royals): Save No. 2

Mike Napoli (Angels): Second HR


Fantasy Flakes

Ivan Rodriguez (Tigers): 0-for-3, K; batting .083

Paul Konerko (White Sox): 0-for-3; batting .100


Big Talker

"We expected to win at least one game this year." — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after his team averted an 0-3 start.

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