Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 3/31)

Game 1: Monday, March 31
Game 2: Wednesday, April 2
Game 3: Thursday, April 3

Twins 3

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Tigers 1

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 31, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    MIN 020000010 3 8 0
    DET 000000100 1 4 0

    W: B. Radke (1-0)

    L: M. Maroth (0-1)

    S: E. Guardado (1)

    Radke, Twins ruin Trammell's debut for Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) -- Dustan Mohr used to hate Comerica Park. Now, he loves it.

    Mohr hit a two-run homer over the ballpark's shortened left-field fence as the Minnesota Twins and Brad Radke shut down the Tigers 3-1 on Monday in Alan Trammell's debut as Detroit's manager.

    "That's the fifth or sixth ball I've hit out there, and the first time I've gotten a homer out of it,'' Mohr said. "When I hit it, I thought it was going to happen again, so I just started running as fast as I could. I didn't slow down until I saw the umpire giving the signal.''

    Dustan Mohr
    Right Field
    Minnesota Twins
    120 12 45 55 6 .269

    During spring training, Trammell said he would keep his first lineup card as a keepsake.

    He changed his mind.

    "I'm going to keep it when we win,'' said the former star shortstop, who led the Tigers to the 1984 World Series and 1987 AL East titles. "I hope I forget about this one real quick.''

    Radke got 19 consecutive outs after Gene Kingsale's leadoff bunt single. Radke got the win, striking out three and walking one over 6 2-3 innings in his fifth consecutive Opening-Day start, his seventh overall for Minnesota. Dean Palmer chased Radke with a two-out RBI single.

    "That's as well as you can throw a baseball, especially at this time of the year,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I got my first tongue-lashing of the season when I went out to get him. But he couldn't do much, since I had already stolen the ball out of his glove.''

    It was the third straight opening win for the Twins, who survived baseball's attempt to fold them after the 2001 season and won the AL Central last year.

    There were 40,427 tickets sold, which is a sellout, but there were a few thousand empty seats for a game that began with the temperature at 42.

    Trammell and his coaches Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish, both former teammates, received the loudest cheers during pregame introductions. Most of their players drew only polite applause.

    "I wish we could've given them a little bit more, but I do appreciate the response,'' Trammell said. "The fans have been super to me throughout for my whole career. I don't really know how to repay them except to give them a better product.''

    While the Twins went to the playoffs last year for the first time since 1991, losing to World Series champion Anaheim in the AL championship series, Detroit tied Tampa Bay for the worst record in baseball at 55-106. The Tigers, who lost their third straight opener, are baseball's losingest team over the past decade and haven't had a winning season since 1993.

    To make Comerica Park more hitter-friendly, the distance from home plate to the left-center wall was shortened during the offseason to 370 feet, down from 395 feet in the ballpark's first three seasons.

    Mohr cleared the left-field fence against loser Mike Maroth in the second inning for a 2-0 lead -- a drive that bounced off the old wall.

    "Hopefully, they'll just tear down that other wall,'' Maroth said. "But I've got to keep a clear mind about that and not worry about balls that go between.''

    Maroth gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

    A.J. Pierzynski homered off Jamie Walker in the eighth.

    Detroit scored in the seventh. With runners at first and second, Palmer beat a throw from third baseman Denny Hocking on a soft grounder, and Infante came around. Palmer's previous hit was on June 24, 2001, also against the Twins. He was limited to just 12 at-bats last season due to neck and shoulder injuries.

    J.C. Romero allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings, and Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for the save, completing the four-hitter.

    Game notes

    A stiff back kept Minnesota's Corey Koskie out of the lineup, but he is expected to play in the next game, Wednesday. ... The Tigers became the first team in major league history with three pitchers selected in the winter-meeting draft -- Wilfredo Ledezma, Matt Roney and Chris Spurling -- on an Opening-Day roster. ... The Twins were 14-4 -- and Radke was 4-0 -- against Detroit last season. ... Minnesota is the only major league team at or above .500 every day since the start of the 2001 season. ... Mohr hit 12 homers in 383 at-bats last year and Pierzynski had six homers in 440 at-bats.

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