The Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals stand along the foul lines at Comerica Park in Detroit before the start of Game 1 of baseball's World Series, Oct. 21, 2006. With the Tigers hosting their first World Series game in 22 years, fans showed up hoping to see rookie Justin Verlander buzz through a Cardinals team that scraped its way past the New York Mets in a seven-game NLCS.
Former Detroit Tigers Al Kaline, left, and Willie Horton, wave to the crowd before the start of Game 1.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander pitches to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols in the first inning, Oct. 21, 2006 in Detroit.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina watches as the Detroit Tigers' Carlos Guillen hits an RBI single in the first inning. The Tigers' Craig Monroe scored as the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen (27) is congratulated by teammate Juan Encarnacion after Rolen hit a solo home run in the second inning to tie the game.
First base was open when Pujols stepped to the plate with two outs in the third inning and St. Louis ahead 2-1. Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run off Justin Verlander. Chris Duncan scored on the home run for a 4-1 lead.
Justin Verlander hands the ball to Tigers manager Jim Leyland during the sixth inning. Verlander was relieved by Jason Grilli.
Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez dives for a bad throw as St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Edmonds (15) scores on Juan Encarnacion's ground ball to third base in the sixth inning. Rolen rounded third and crashed into Inge in foul territory, tumbling to the ground in a heap. Scott Rolen was ruled safe at the plate because of obstruction, making it 7-1, and both players appeared fine.
Cardinals starting pitcher Anthony Reyes waits as the Tigers Craig Monroe runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning. Reyes easily outpitched Verlander in the first Game 1 matchup between rookies, taking the crowd out of it early and ending Detroit's seven-game postseason winning streak.
Jim Edmonds, right, hugs pitcher Anthony Reyes as So Taguchi, left, adds his congratulations after the Cardinals 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series. Reyes gave up two runs in eight innings to get the win.