Javier Baez’s dramatic success sealed the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day.

DETROIT — Javy Baez got off to an exciting start on Opening Day after the White Sox’ newest Tiger hit a base that hit the right field wall, snagging Austin Meadows with the win in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday.

The play was initially called, but a video review clearly showed the ball bouncing off the wall before right fielder AJ Pollock bobbled, then caught. The Tigers swept the field as home plate umpire Marvin Hudson made the announcement: the call flipped.

“I knew she hit a wall,” said an elated Baez after the 5-4 victory. “I thought she hit the glove and then the wall and then he caught her. But she was back. She hit the wall and then his glove and he caught her.”

Pollock was playing his first game at Comerica Park after being acquired by the White Sox in a trade last week.

“I really hit the wall there,” Bullock said. “I felt like it hit the glove but I didn’t know if it hit the glove or hit the wall. The ball just kind of popped up and I caught it. I had no idea what to think. It was just a funky game.”

The victory in the final inning capped a wild finish that saw the White Sox close with Liam Hendrix leading off in the eighth and ninth innings. Future Hall of Famer tied Miguel Cabrera for eighth with his 2,988th career hit, a two-run single off Hendrix.

After Andrew Vaughn gave the White Sox the lead again with a home run in the ninth inning, a two-run double by Meadows set the stage for Bayes in the bottom of the inning. Manager AJ Hinch had a moment with Baez before winning the match.

“You can beat him with one song in this situation,” Hinch said. “She’s just trying to calm the moment so she can take control of the moment.”

It was good advice for Bayes, better known as a free swinger. He knocked him out in his first two starts – taking massive swings – but put up amazing defensive play between those two appearances. Then he singled in the eighth before Cabrera tied it.

“When Javy hits her, electric things happen,” Hinch said. “Welcome to Detroit, Jaffe Baez.”

Carrying on in the offseason, Detroit signed the former Cub to a six-year, $140 million deal, while Friday starter Eduardo Rodriguez signed a five-year deal. They were also traded to the Meadows on Monday after bringing in catcher Tucker Barnhart before the lockout.

Many believe the Tigers would make it interesting in the AL Central as the White Sox represent the division’s class. Detroit went 69-63 in their last 132 games last season.

“that they [the White Sox] Baez said “We’ve got a great team but it’s not going to be easy for them or anybody. We’re going to go out there and compete and compete and compete.”

Worse than the loss, the White Sox may have lost starter Lucas Giolito for an indefinite amount of time. He left the Friday game after four innings with an abdominal problem and is being evaluated.

“I’m worried because he sensed something, he was smart, he didn’t feel right because he didn’t hold back because who knows what’s going to happen,” said head coach Tony La Russa. “We rode a lot to check it out and see what it was.”

The Sox have already lost reliever Garrett Crochet for the season while starter Lance Lane has been out for 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. And now they have a rising Tigers team to deal with led by a dynamic player to watch.

“They added two pieces that make their lineup much more difficult,” Hendrix said.

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