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Lind powers Blue Jays past Tigers

Apr 7, 2009 - 8:56 PM TORONTO (AP) -- A raucous opening day in Toronto took a sour turn because of some unruly fans that Detroit outfielder Josh Anderson called "disrespectful."

Adam Lind homered and drove in six runs, Roy Halladay coasted with a big lead and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 12-5 Monday night in a game that was briefly delayed when fans began throwing baseballs and trash on the field.

Crew chief Ed Montague waved both teams into the dugout for nine minutes in the bottom of the eighth inning after two balls were thrown from the stands in the direction of Anderson, the Tigers' left fielder.

"Both of them were pretty close," Anderson said. "If it hits you in the head, it could do some damage. After the second one I said, 'That's enough.'"

Groundskeepers cleared a handful of paper airplanes and empty beer cups from the warning track as the public address announcer read a message warning the crowd of 48,027 that the game could be forfeited.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland's main concern was the safety of the players, but he said the incident was "no big deal."

"There were thousands of great fans here tonight," Leyland said. "Ice-cold Labatts and a big win for the Blue Jays -- they were having a great time. But you can't endanger any players, whether they're you're players or someone else's. You just can't do it."

Toronto manager Cito Gaston agreed.

"I've never seen that here before," Gaston said. "I apologize to those Detroit players, a couple of those balls came really close to hitting those kids out there."

Halladay called opening day "a different animal" when it comes to fan behavior.

"You get a lot of people and a lot of excitement and I'm sure a little bit of beer in there and you never know," Halladay said. "I'm just glad the message was passed out and we kind of got things back to order."

Lind had four hits and set a team record for RBIs in an opener. The Blue Jays roughed up Justin Verlander (0-1), who matched a career worst by allowing eight earned runs in only 3 2-3 innings.

"If somebody had told me going into the game that it would end up 12-5, I would have said they were crazy with those two guys pitching," Leyland said.

Rookie Travis Snider also homered, one of the Blue Jays' 15 hits, six of which came from Snider and Lind.

"We saw a little bit of it last year," Halladay said of Toronto's pair of young sluggers. "They're getting comfortable and they're going to be big parts of our lineup. It's nice to see them get off to that good start."

Making his team-record seventh consecutive opening-day start, Halladay (1-0) pitched seven innings. He improved to 12-2 in 16 career games against the Tigers and 3-3 overall on opening day.

Halladay didn't give up a hit until Curtis Granderson homered to start the fourth. The former Cy Young Award winner allowed five runs and six hits.

Verlander, who pitched a no-hitter in 2007, did little to erase the memories of his 11-17 season last year.

The Blue Jays jumped on him with a four-run first, doing all their scoring with two outs. Alex Rios walked, Vernon Wells doubled and both runners scored on Lind's single. After Scott Rolen was hit by a pitch, Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double.

Toronto chased Verlander in the fourth. Snider homered, Marco Scutaro tripled and scored on Aaron Hill's sacrifice fly. A double by Rios and a walk to Wells finished Verlander, and reliever Eddie Bonine gave up Lind's home run.

"I'm always somebody who's going to try to take away positives," Verlander said. "I know tonight that I had good stuff and made pitches that I wanted for the most part. Just, some things got compounded and it ended up not looking very good."

Detroit closed to 9-5 with a four-run seventh. Carlos Guillen hit an RBI double and scored on Gerald Laird's single, and Brandon Inge homered.

Toronto pulled away with three runs in eighth against Juan Rincon. Scutaro scored on a bases-loaded error by shortstop Adam Everett, Lind singled home a run and Rolen hit a sacrifice fly.

"Obviously, that's a lot of runs," Halladay said. "We probably won't have that all year but it's a great start and a great sign."






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 8 2
    TORONTO 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 x 12 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER, EDDIE BONINE (4TH), NATE ROBERTSON (7TH),
    JUAN RINCON (8TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
    TOR - ROY HALLADAY, JESSE CARLSON (8TH), BRANDON LEAGUE
    (8TH),

    Apr 6 10:13 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SCOTT ROLEN SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, V WELLS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TORONTO 12 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.250, 1-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 5, Blue Jays 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 6 9:55 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, V WELLS ON SECOND, A RIOS
    ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TORONTO 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S ROLEN (.333, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Tigers 5, Blue Jays 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 6 9:53 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY VERNON WELLS SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V WELLS ON FIRST, A RIOS ON SECOND, A HILL
    ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TORONTO 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.750, 3-FOR-4, HR, 5 RBI)

    Tigers 5, Blue Jays 10  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 6 9:51 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRANDON INGE (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF ROY HALLADAY SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5, TORONTO 9
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A EVERETT (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 5, Blue Jays 9  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 6 9:14 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GERALD LAIRD SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    TORONTO 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, Blue Jays 9  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 6 9:13 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GUILLEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TORONTO 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G LAIRD (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 2, Blue Jays 9  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 6 9:11 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM LIND (1) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF EDDIE BONINE SCORED ALEX RIOS AND VERNON WELLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, TORONTO 9
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S ROLEN (.000, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Tigers 1, Blue Jays 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 6 8:40 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY AARON HILL SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.000, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers 1, Blue Jays 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 6 8:31 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TRAVIS SNIDER (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, TORONTO 5
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M SCUTARO (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 1, Blue Jays 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 6 8:28 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CURTIS GRANDERSON (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF ROY HALLADAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 1, Blue Jays 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 6 8:17 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED ADAM LIND AND SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R BARAJAS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Blue Jays 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 6 7:42 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED ALEX RIOS AND VERNON WELLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A LIND ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S ROLEN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Blue Jays 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 6 7:39 PM
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