• Leyland said he watched Yu Darvish's perfect game bid fall short Tuesday night, and he sympathized with Rangers manager Ron Washington as he watched Darvish's pitch count climb in the eighth inning. Leyland said that situation is not an easy time for a manager.
"That's a tough call," Leyland said. "That can be real stressful, but you just have to use common sense."
• The 12 strikeouts recorded by Tigers pitchers on Monday marked their highest total on Opening Day since at least 1916. Detroit had racked up 10 punchouts in three other openers.
• Verlander's win on Monday was his 125th in 233 career starts, tying him with Tom Seaver and Mike Mussina for the sixth-highest win total through that many starts.
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