DETROIT (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers would surprise many if they finished above .500 this season.
They are both expected to struggle with modest payrolls, young players and an obvious absence of established stars.
The Twins could forget about all of those obstacles for at least one day as they beat Detroit 3-2 Tuesday, ruining the Tigers' first opening-day complete game in 12 years and their first season opener at home since 1992.
Brad Radke, who limited the Tigers to one run in eight innings, and A.J. Pierzynski, who scored the Twins' final run on Denny Hocking's sacrifice fly, talked about building momentum. Manager Tom Kelly was more concerned about the next game Thursday at Detroit.
"Dick Howser said it very well," Kelly said, referring to the former major league manager. "Momentum is as good as your next day's pitcher. We'll see how we do pitching Thursday and how much confidence and momentum and all of that stuff we have."
Both Minnesota and Detroit could use a boost in confidence.
The Twins are coming off eight consecutive losing years, and the Tigers, who began their second season in Comerica Park, have finished with losing records in a team-record seven straight seasons.
"We're going to surprise some people this year," Pierzynski said. "We have good pitching, we play good defense and we can do enough at the plate and on the bases to get the job done."
With 161 games to go, the Tigers are not about to start listening to their doubters.
"It's just one game," said Bobby Higginson, who hit an RBI double in the fourth. "We've got to come back Thursday and get back to .500."
The Twins did what they, along with the Tigers, need to do to win games.
They got solid pitching from Radke, didn't commit an error and were aggressive on the bases.
David Ortiz scored the first run of the game when he singled and came around on Jacque Jones' RBI grounder in the second. Ortiz accounted for the Twins' second run with a homer in the fourth.
Detroit's Jeff Weaver pitched a six-hitter and struck out four for his third complete game. Jack Morris had pitched the Tigers' last opening-day complete game and it also was a loss, 4-0 to Texas in 1989.
"This is one of the worst feelings I've had since I came up here," said the 24-year-old Weaver, beginning his third major league season. "I had a chance to get us a win, and I let the ballclub down. It's much worse because it is opening day."
Detroit made it 3-2 in the ninth on Billy McMillon's single, but Bob Wells got Shane Halter to line out to second, starting a game-ending double play.
Notes: Kelly was disappointed that closer LaTroy Hawkins, who struggled through spring training, was unable to close out the Tigers in the ninth. ... Weaver's left hand was numb, but not broken, after Cristian Guzman's line-drive hit him. ... The Tigers, 6-17 in April last season, have not had a winning record in April since 1993, which also was the last year they finished above .500. ... Radke gave up one run in six innings in his previous outing against the Tigers. ... Mitch Meluskey had surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. ... Brandon Inge, 23, made his major league debut as the Tigers' catcher. He threw out two Twins trying to steal second and was 0-for-2 at the plate.
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