KANSAS CITY -- A series in mid-April isn't going to make up for a loss in the 2011 American League Championship Series last October. But the Tigers would like to establish a different tone against the Texas Rangers, beginning Thursday night at Comerica Park.
The Tigers will get their first look at heralded Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who gets the ball in the series opener.
"We've scouted him heavily," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's a really talented guy and he's bigger than most Japanese pitchers."
The Tigers want what the two-time defending AL champion Rangers have.
"They've been in the World Series two years in a row and they kicked our butts in the playoffs last year," Leyland said. "There's not much else to say."