American League Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Monday, April 1st)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with and RBI
double and Omar Infante added two hits and an RBI as the Detroit Tigers edged
the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, in the season opener for both teams at Target Field.
Miguel Cabrera added an RBI and scored once and Torii Hunter had a pair of
hits, including a double, in his debut for the Tigers, who were swept in four
games in the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Giants last season.
Justin Verlander (1-0), just days removed from signing a five-year $140
million extension, scattered three hits and struck out seven over five
scoreless frames, despite pitching in adverse conditions.
The game-time temperature peaked at 35 degrees and winds reached as high 17
mph throughout the contest.
"When I was warming up in the sun, I was like, 'I could have come out in short
sleeves. This isn't that bad.' As soon as the shade set in, it was a totally
different ball game. It was miserable," Verlander said.
Phil Coke retired the final two batters in the ninth to pick up the save.
Ryan Doumit had an RBI and Trevor Plouffe scored on a wild pitch for the
Twins, who finished a dismal 66-96 last season.
Vance Worley (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out three over
six innings to absorb the loss.
"We did some good things out there. It was a fun ballgame. Unfortunately we
didn't come up with one more big hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
The Tigers plated a pair in the first inning and added one more in the second
to take a 3-0 lead.
Austin Jackson singled, then moved to third on a base hit from Hunter. Cabrera
then grounded into a force out to plate Jackson. Fielder followed with a soft
double down the left field line to bring Cabrera around.
Jhonny Peralta opened the second with a base hit to right field and quickly
stole second. Omar Infante then ripped a base hit to left to push Peralta
The Twins stranded a runner in the fourth, but were able to add a run in both
the sixth and seventh.
Justin Morneau opened the fourth with a double. After Ryan Doumit struck out,
Morneau moved to third on Plouffe's fly out. Chris Parmelee, though, grounded
out to end the threat.
Drew Smyly replaced Verlander in the sixth and retired the first two hitters,
but surrendered a double to Plouffe before walking two batters to load the
With the bags full, Smyly bounced a slider that skipped away from catcher Alex
Avila to allow Plouffe to score. Smyly was able to get Wilkin Ramirez to
ground out to end the inning.
Doumit delivered a bases-loaded single in the seventh to make it 3-2.
Detroit added an insurance run in the eighth as Fielder scored on a wild pitch
by Josh Roenicke.
The Tigers are 53-59-1 all-time in season openers ... Verlander has won each
of his last eight decisions against Minnesota dating back to July 9, 2010 and
is 4-0 all-time at Target Field ... Verlander is the first Tigers pitcher to
start six consecutive Opening Days since Jack Morris started 11 straight
(1980-1990) ... Worley made his first start for the Twins.
04/01 23:04:15 ET