Verlander, Tigers open with cool win over Twins

The defending American League champion Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 to open their Major League Baseball season Monday, while the Boston Red Sox got off to a quick start after a dreadful 2012 season by downing the New York Yankees 8-2.

In the National League, the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals opened the season with a 2-0 victory over the Miam Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0. Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander won on opening day for the first time in six attempts, pitching five shutout innings at frosty Target Field. Verlander (1-0) had been 0-1 in his previous five openers. Phil Coke got the last two outs for the first save by the Tigers' closer committee. Prince Fielder, wearing a black ski covering on his head, had two hits and an RBI to help spoil the first Twins start by Vance Worley (0-1).