Tigers raise AL championship flag, fall to Blue Jays in 10

• Unsung hero: Casey Janssen and the Blue Jays bullpen gave up just one hit over four innings in relief of starting pitcher Roy Halladay. Janssen retired all seven batters he faced.

• Rough start: Tigers starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman had a difficult beginning to his 2007 campaign after allowing the first three batters he faced to score. The 14-game winner in 2006 battled back, giving up only two hits over the next five innings.

• Quotable: "We beat the best team in the AL -- that's a great ballclub -- but it is only one game," the newly acquired Frank Thomas said about the Blue Jays' win. "We have to come back Wednesday and start the real grind."

• Elias Says: Thomas extended his Opening Day hitting streak to 13 games with a sixth-inning single.

-- ESPN.com news services

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers raised the 2006 AL pennant and fireworks were set off to help commemorate the accomplishment.

Three-plus hours later, the Toronto Blue Jays stole the show.

Troy Glaus hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning and Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 on Monday, spoiling the season-opening festivities for at least some players and fans in the Motor City.

"I definitely wanted to see the city get a chance to take the celebration of Opening Day and extend it throughout the day," Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson said.

After the pennant went up a center-field flag pole between the franchise's four championship flags -- most recently earned in 1984 -- the Blue Jays quickly quieted the Comerica Park-record crowd of 44,297 when their first three batters scored.

The crowd was buzzing again as Detroit chipped away at the lead, but went home relatively somber after the extra-inning loss.

Fernando Rodney (0-1) got into trouble after getting the first out of the 10th by giving up a single, walk, hitting a batter and allowing Glaus' single. Rios followed with an RBI grounder to give the Blue Jays a two-run lead.

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Even though Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas played for Oakland when it was swept by the Tigers in the AL championship series, he insisted the victory didn't mean much.

"It's weird to be sitting in this locker again after ending last season here, but it's not a big deal," said Thomas, who was 1-for-4 and was hit by Rodney. "I'm with a different organization now, and these guys don't know anything about what happened to me last year."

In his Detroit debut, Gary Sheffield drove in two runs on sacrifice flies and was pleased with the rousing ovation he received before the game and each at-bat.

"It just makes you want to do more," he said.

Placido Polanco's RBI double tied it at 3 in the fifth, then Tigers were shut down.

Toronto ace Roy Halladay allowed three runs -- two earned -- six hits and a walk over six innings.

Casey Janssen relieved Halladay and retired all seven batters he faced. Sean Casey drew a one-out walk in the ninth against Scott Downs, but Jason Frasor (1-0) quickly ended the threat by striking out Craig Monroe and getting Brandon Inge to ground out. B.J. Ryan pitched the 10th for the save after giving up a hit and a walk.

"We beat the best team in the AL -- that's a great ballclub -- but it is only one game," Thomas said. "We have to come back Wednesday and start the real grind."

Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman gave up five hits, two walks and retired 10 straight from the second through the fifth inning. Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones followed with three scoreless innings.

Bonderman gave up all three runs in the first, but said his rough start didn't have anything to do with celebrating last year's accomplishments.

"We can look back and say, 'We did this, this and this,' but the truth is, we didn't do anything this year," he said. "We have to prove it all over again."

Sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 62 degrees welcomed fans back to Comerica Park for the first time since Detroit beat St. Louis on Oct. 22, 2006, in Game 2 of the World Series, in what turned out to be their lone win against the Cardinals.

"I'm sure the crowd is disappointed. I'm disappointed, too," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We wanted to get a win for them, but we've got 161 games to go.

"I'm always glad to get Opening Day behind us. We handled it well. We just got beat."

Game notes
Halladay made his fifth straight start on Opening Day, breaking the franchise record he shared with Dave Stieb. ... Famed Motown group The Four Tops did not sing the national anthem as scheduled because of travel problems. ... There was a moment of silence to honor former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who died last month. ... Toronto ended last year in second place, behind the New York Yankees and a game ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East for its best finish since winning the 1993 World Series. ... The previous record crowd (44,179) at Comerica Park was set in last year's home opener against the Chicago White Sox.