The Detroit Tigers win the opening game in a dramatic fashion, against the Chicago White Sox

Detroit The smile never left Robbie Grossman’s face.

“You know this team,” he said. “We’ll never give up. It’s going to be a really fun summer.”

It’s definitely a solid start.

In front of an all-sold-out opening day crowd (43,480) at Comerica Park, the Tigers rallied from behind twice in the final two innings, defeating the Central League champions Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Friday afternoon.

Tigers manager AJ Hinch celebrates with Javier Baez after the win.

“I knew we were going to win this match,” said Chimer Candelario. “We have a good lineup, it’s deep and we can make adjustments and keep competing and make it happen.”

The heroes were many. Let’s work in reverse order:

The Tigers went to the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing 4-3 after White Sox footballer Andrew Vaughn stormed Gregory Soto in the top half of the inning. They were facing an elite mitigator Liam Hendricks.

Chest Points: Tiger 5, White Sox 4

Eric Haas, who entered the bout eighth, battled Hendrix for eight pitches, hitting two bad fastballs with the full count. He knew Hendriks wasn’t out of Fastball and finally got the barrel into a 97-mph heater in the down area and hit the benches in left field to hook the game.