Stat of the Day: It all starts, ends with Fulmer

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Tigers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 5: Tigers 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings) -- Coming Fulm circle
One night after Michael Fulmer started the Tigers' series opener in Boston and managed to secure just two outs during a four-run first inning, he came on to protect a 10th-inning lead and finished with a strikeout of Kiké Hernández for his first professional save. In the process, Fulmer became the first pitcher in Tigers history to start one day and earn the save the next. The last Major Leaguer to do it was former Tigers prospect Chad Green, who pitched a scoreless opening inning for the Yankees in the nightcap of an Aug. 3, 2019, doubleheader against the Red Sox, then pitched the ninth for the save the next night.

May 4: Red Sox 11, Tigers 7 -- Walk it off, Robbie
Robbie Grossman reached base five times for the first time in his career. Two of those came on walks, giving Grossman 22 on the season, tied for second most in the American League and third most in MLB. Grossman is the first Tiger since Kirk Gibson in 1993 with 22 or more walks and six or more stolen bases through the first 29 games of a season.

May 2: Yankees 2, Tigers 0 -- The house that Ureña quieted
José Ureña retired the final 17 Yankees batters he faced. That's the most consecutive batters a Tigers pitcher has retired at Yankee Stadium, current and previous versions. This obviously does not include Billy Chapel, the Kevin Costner character who retired all 27 Yankee hitters he faced in his final start for the Tigers in the movie "For Love of the Game."

May 1: Yankees 6, Tigers 4 -- Niko lifts Tigers' offense
Niko Goodrum's eighth-inning home run was a loft to right field with a 34-degree launch angle, following a home run against the White Sox on Tuesday with a 40-degree launch angle. His other two homers this season had 31-degree launch angles. The increased altitude reflects a larger change in his game. Goodrum's average launch angle has jumped from 13 degrees in 2019 to 16 degrees last year to 20.8 so far this season. His 4.8-degree increase this year puts him just outside the top 30 for the biggest jump among Major League hitters.