Jake Rogers gets Tigers off to hot start on Opening Day in Detroit with massive blast off Chris Sale

Rogers puts Tigers up 2-0 in second inning

Detroit Tigers catcher Jake Rogers is greeted by the bat boy after a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio, The Associated Press 2023)

DETROIT – Jake Rogers got the Detroit Tigers off to a hot start in the home opener by crushing a two-run homer off of Chris Sale in the second inning.

Detroit let Sale off the hook in the bottom of the first inning after he walked the first two batters on eight total pitches. Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, and Eric Haase struck out in order to end the threat.

But in the bottom of the second, with the game still scoreless, Rogers came to the plate after Jonathan Schoop drew his own four-pitch walk.

Rogers got a 1-0 fastball right down the middle and turned on it, sending it over the bullpens and into the left field bleachers.

The homer registered at 106.4 mph and traveled 414 feet, according to Statcast. It’s Rogers’ second of the season.

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