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Zumaya in KC: 101, 101, 101, 102

Posted on: April 5, 2010 6:34 pm
 
It was opening day, 2006, at Kauffman Stadium.

Joel Zumaya was 21 years old, making his major-league debut. Tigers manager Jim Leyland handed him a one-run lead in the seventh inning, and Zumaya responded with two scoreless innings.

And two 101 mph fastballs.

It's opening day 2010, at Kauffman Stadium.

Joel Zumaya is 25 years old, but still trying to prove that he can come all the way back from shoulder surgery. Jim Leyland put him in the game in the sixth inning, and Zumaya responded with a seven-pitch shutout inning.

And four fastballs, clocked by MLB.com gameday at 101, 101, 101 and 102 mph.

Zumaya threw four more fastballs in the seventh inning, with all four clocked in triple-digits. That's 8 for 8.

Zumaya's emergence had a lot to do with the Tigers going all the way to the World Series in 2006. We'll have to see about 2010.

One big difference between opening day 2006 and opening day 2010: Kenny Rogers was the Tigers' opening day starter four years ago, and after watching Zumaya follow him, Rogers said, "I told [Zumaya], 'Don't fall asleep, because I might steal five miles an hour from you.' I've thrown pitches that hard, but only after they came off the bat."

Justin Verlander was the Tigers' opening day starter today. Verlander threw five pitches clocked at 100 mph.

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