Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (4) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. / Jesse Johnson/USA Today
(Detroit Free Press) -- It was cold in Minnesota.
But the Tigers' bats were hot early.
On an Opening Day with a game-time temperature of 35 degrees - and certainly a lot cooler with winds whipping in the teens - the Tigers scored three runs in the first two innings and hung on for a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
The first time through the order, the Tigers went 5-for-9.
In the first, Austin Jackson led off the 2013 season with a single, followed by Torii Hunter's first hit in a Tigers' uniform - a single - before Miguel Cabrera drove in Jackson on a groundout.
One batter later, Prince Fielder pushed a double inside the third-base line, scoring Cabrera and staking Justin Verlander an early two-run lead.
The Tigers scored another in the third on singles from Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante, and Verlander was on cruise control.
In his sixth opening day start, Verlander didn't allow a hit until the third inning, when longtime nemesis Joe Mauer doubled to left.
Two innings later, Verlander was done at 91 pitches, after pitching five innings - his shortest start since 2010. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed three hits.
He picked up his first Opening Day win after the Tigers' bullpen hung on over the last four innings.
The win was capped by Phil Coke picking up the first save of the Tigers' season.
Coke finished the job Joaquin Benoit started by retiring Ryan Doumit on a flyout to right.
Drew Smyly relieved Verlander in the sixth and retired the first two batters before loading the bases and allowing the Twins' first run on a wild pitch.
He escaped further damage but found himself in a similar bases-loaded jam the next inning before Jim Leyland replaced him with Al Alburquerque.
Alburquerque was greeted by a Doumit single, which pulled the Twins within a run, but struck out the next two batters swinging.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth when Prince Fielder scored on a wild pitch.
Hunter, Fielder, Infante and Peralta each had two hits for the Detroiters. Cabrera was held hitless and struck out twice.
After an off day on Tuesday, the Tigers resume play on Wednesday.
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