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Most opening day starts by pitchers for the Detroit Tigers

Jack Morris
11 (1980-1990)

Morris drew four more opening day assignments after leaving the Tigers (1991-1994), giving him 15 in a row. He was 7-4 in his 11 opening day starts for the Tigers. In the 1986 game at Tiger Stadium against the Boston Red Sox, he gave up a home run to Dwight Evans on the first pitch of the season, but Detroit still won the game.
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George Mullin
10 (1903-1907, 1909-1913)

Big George had two streaks of five straight starts on opening day interrupted in 1908 when Ed Siever was given the nod. The Tigers were 5-5 in the 10 starts by Mullin on opening day. In 1912, when Navin park opened, the Tigers started the season on the road.
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Justin Verlander
9 (2008-2014, 2016-2017)

Only Morris made more consecutive starts than Verlander's seven from 2008 to 2014. JV's streak was interrupted in 2015 when David Price was given the nod. Verlander had only three decisions in his nine starts on Opening Day (he was 2-1 with six no-decisions). In his nine opening day starts, the Tigers won six and lost three. He made his starts at Comerica Park in 2008, 2012, and in 2014.
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Mickey Lolich
7 (1965-1966, 1970-1974)

Lolich was very succesful on opening day, going 5-2 in his seven starts. Only two of his starts occurred at Tiger Stadium, in '71 and '72, and he won both times.
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Hal Newhouser
6 (1945-1949, 1951)

Newhouser won four straight opening day starts from 1946-49, a feat matched only by Morris (1983-86).
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Earl Whitehill
4 (1926-1927, 1929, 1931)

Pitching in an era when the Tigers were mediocre, Whitehill never won an opening day start. In 1927 he did pitch the opening day game that ended in a 2-2 tie at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis when daylight ran out.
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Jim Bunning
4 (1958-1959, 1961, 1963)

The lean right-hander was 1-3 in his four opening day starts in a Tiger uniform.
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Tommy Bridges
3 (1933, 1939, 1943)

In 1943, Bridges lost a heartbreaker at Cleveland Stadium against the Indians when he allowed the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single by opposing pitcher Jim Bagby, falling 1-0 despite allowing just six hits. Little Tommy won his opening day start in 1939 at Briggs Stadium, defeating the White Sox, 6-1.
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Frank Lary
3 (1956-1957, 1960)

Lary lost both of his first two starts to the Kansas City A's, each by the score of 2-1. In 1960 he got the assignment on the road to start the season, in a game the Tigers won at Cleveland, 4-2.
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Mike Moore
3 (1993-1995)

In the post-Jack Morris era, Sparky Anderson turned to Frank Tanana in 1991 and Bill Gullickson in 1992 on opening day, before finding a consistent #1 starter in Moore. Unfortunately, Moore got pounded in his starts in '93 and '94 (12.86 ERA in those starts), before winning in 1995 over the Angels in Anaheim.
Mike Moore page