Justin Verlander provided much of the heat on a cold opening day in Minneapolis.
Although he didn’t have his best stuff on the day Verlander gave five innings of shutout baseball as the American League Champion Tigers went on to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Monday. Pitching in the low 30′s at a frosty Target Field, Verlander struck out seven while allowing just three hits and two walks but had trouble with his command throwing 91 total pitches in those five frames.
“That was an interesting way of getting that first win, wasn’t it?” Verlander joked. “Maybe I should be a ‘five and dive’ guy from now on.”
The Tigers jumped on Twins starter Vance Worley early as Austin Jackson led off the game with a single before Torii Hunter in his regular season debut for Detroit put Jackson in scoring position with a hit and run. Miguel Cabrera ended up getting his first RBI of the year on a fielders choice that scored Jackson as the reigning AL MVP was able to beat out the throw to first. Prince Fi...