Originally Published: April 9, 2006
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BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Dreams of an unbeaten first week ended on Sunday for the surprising Brewers and Tigers, both of whom lost because their offenses didn't produce much.

The telling sign from Sunday's defeat for the Tigers was Chris Shelton's performance, but he can take heart in knowing that even if he goes hitless in his next 18 at-bats, he'll still be hitting a robust .333. The Tigers' third through sixth hitters were a combined 1-for-15 against a Rangers pitching staff they had handled pretty well earlier in the weekend series.

Likewise, the Brewers were unable to do much against Diamondbacks starter Claudio Vargas and three relievers -- only Corey Koskie (three hits) was able to muster any offense. The D-Backs realized that the best way to beat the Brewers was to avoid playing a close game, and two three-run innings helped take care of that.

Nonetheless, both the Tigers and Brewers impressed greatly in the first week of the season, opening some eyes for fans not only of the respective teams but also around the baseball world.

Unbeaten No More
Why the Tigers and Brewers lost:
  Sunday Previously
Tigers 3-6 hitters 1-for-15 33-for-81 (.407 BA)
Chris Shelton 0-for-4, 3 K 14-for-20 (.700 BA)
Brewers 2-4 hitters 1-for-12 20-for-55 (.363 BA)
Geoff Jenkins 0-for-4, 2 K 6-for-20 (.300 BA)

ELIAS SAYS
As a team, the Tigers didn't hit a home run Sunday. But they still set a record for the most homers (17) by any team in major league history through the first six games of a season.

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HANK IN A DIFFICULT SPOT

Henry Aaron has no plans to read "Game of Shadows," but the slugger says Bud Selig is trying to do the right thing.

Aaron is in a brutal position on this whole issue. If he rips Barry Bonds for his alleged steroid use, he'll come off to some as a bitter player, and if he says good things, he'll probably be giving Bonds more credit than Aaron might privately think he deserves.

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THE LEFTY SPECIALISTS

Talk to front-office people and you'll get a wide range of opinions on the importance of carrying a lefty reliever or three. Proponents say that a bullpen stacked with lefties can have an impact on an opposing team's lineup composition on a given night. And with so many game-breaking sluggers hitting from the left side -- from David Ortiz to Carlos Delgado to Barry Bonds -- lefty relievers can provide a nice late-inning comfort zone.

A sampling of Opening Day rosters shows that teams are running the gamut in 2006. With starter A.J. Burnett on the disabled list, Toronto began the season with two lefty setup men and a lefty closer, B.J. Ryan. The Phillies have five righty starters and three lefty relievers: Rheal Cormier, Aaron Fultz and Arthur Rhodes.

In contrast, you can traverse the state of Florida without finding a lefty reliever. Both the Marlins and Devil Rays are going with all-righty pens.

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FORWARD THINKING
Jeremy Bonderman • Jeremy Bonderman will make his second start of the season as the Tigers host the White Sox in Detroit's home opener (1:05 ET). Freddy Garcia will counter for Chicago.

• The Pirates got their first victory of the year on Sunday and now look to make it two in a row as they host the Dodgers in their home opener (1:35 ET). Zach Duke will get the start for Pittsburgh, and will be opposed by Odalis Perez.

Mark Mulder • After playing for 40 seasons in Busch Stadium, the Cardinals will open up the new Busch Stadium as they host the National League Central-leading Brewers (4:10 ET). Mark Mulder will square off against Tomo Ohka.

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
GOOD
Rockies center fielder Cory Sullivan tied a major league record by hitting two triples in the same inning in Colorado's seven-run fifth inning. Sullivan had three hits in all in the Rockies' 10-4 rout of the Padres.
BAD
The Blue Jays outhit the Devil Rays 12-8, but they managed to score just two runs in falling to Tampa Bay 5-2. Toronto stranded nine baserunners in the game.
UGLY
Angels right-hander Bartolo Colon lasted just two-plus innings, allowing eight runs in the Yankees' 10-1 drubbing of L.A.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Moises Alou and John Smoltz
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
The Giants' Moises Alou, left, slides in safely at home plate ahead of the tag by the Braves' John Smoltz.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
You know you're not going to win 162 games, but it still hurts to lose this one because we wanted to be 6-0 going on the road.
Brewers manager Ned Yost

SUNDAY'S MOTION
Giants rally in the ninth, top Braves.