Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch announced on Monday that veteran starter Matthew Boyd (pictured) would get the Opening Day start for the Tigers when they host the Cleveland Indians on April 1st at Comerica Park.

It's the second year in a row that Boyd will get the Opening Day start.  He had a poor 2020 season, going 3-7 with an ERA near 7.00.  the 30-year-old starter has been with the Tigers since being acquired in a trade with Toronto in 2015.

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The Tigers are counting on Boyd to stabilize an uncertain pitching rotation.  As fellow starter Spencer Turnbull is likely to start the season on the COVID-19 list.  And the team is unsure about Michael Fulmer, Casey Mize, and Tarik Skubal.

Boyd can be a free agent after the 2023 season.  He is slated to make $6.5 million this season.  He was a 6th round draft pick out of Oregon State by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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