MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Justin Verlander's five shutout innings at frosty Target Field held up for Detroit, and the defending American League champion Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday.
With the gametime temperature at 35 degrees and the wind blowing at 17 mph, fans had to bundle up. But opening day is always a draw, as evidenced by the announced crowd of 38,282, a sellout by Twins guidelines.
Phil Coke got the last two outs for the first save by the Tigers' closer committee. Prince Fielder had two hits and an RBI to help spoil Vance Worley's first start for the Twins, who left 12 runners on, including the bases loaded in the seventh.
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Detroit 210 000 010 --4 9 1
Minnesota 000 001 100 --2 7 1
Detroit: Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly (6), Al
Alburquerque (7), Joaquin Benoit (8), Phil Coke (9) and
Minnesota: Vance Worley, Casey Fien (7), Brian Duensing
(8), Josh Roenicke (8) and Joe Mauer
WP: Justin Verlander (1-0)
LP: Vance Worley (0-1)
Sv: Phil Coke (1)
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