Series: Game 2 of 3

Minnesota leads 2-0 (as of 4/2)

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

Twins 8

(2-0, 2-0 away)

Tigers 1

(0-2, 0-2 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 2, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: J. Mays (1-0)

    L: J. Bonderman (0-1)

    Bonderman treated harshly in debut, Twins roll

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins didn't take it easy on Jeremy Bonderman in his major league debut.

    Jacque Jones

    Jacque Jones belted a four-run shot and had four RBIs.

    Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer as the Twins put together six runs on nine hits over four innings against the 20-year-old on Wednesday night in an 8-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

    Bonderman became the first Tiger to make the jump from Class A to the majors since Jon Warden in 1968 and was the youngest player to break spring training with Detroit's major league club since current manager Alan Trammell did as a 20-year-old in 1978.

    Detroit became the first team to have four pitchers make their major league debuts in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician. Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling and Matt Roney -- all taken in the winter-meeting draft -- combined for four innings and gave up only one run on two hits.

    Bonderman was the youngest Detroit starting pitcher since 19-year-old Bruce Robbins on July 28, 1979.

    "He's going to learn at this level and it ain't going to be easy,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    While Bonderman struggled, Joe Mays got off to a successful start.

    Mays, who made just 17 starts last year due to injury, retired his first six batters before Eric Munson's homer in the third cut Detroit's deficit to 3-1. He gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out four to improve to 8-0 in his last 10 starts against the Tigers.

    Gardenhire said he had seen enough of Mays and was just glad he was healthy. Mays wanted to pitch more.

    "I was very bitter when they took me out,'' he said. "I really didn't say much. He said, 'That's good,' and I just stared at him in the eyes and didn't say anything. He knew I was upset about it.''

    Johan Santana gave up one hit in two innings of relief.

    Detroit dropped to 0-2 -- after scoring a total of two runs -- under Trammell.

    "We need to score, there's no question about it,'' Trammell said. "But we're not going to jump off any bridges.''

    Bonderman was the player to be named later in last year's three-team, seven-player trade that sent ace Jeff Weaver from Detroit to the New York Yankees. Oakland sent the native of Pasco, Wash., first baseman Carlos Pena and reliever Franklyn German to the Tigers.

    The Tigers sold 21,123 tickets for the much-anticipated debut of the hard-throwing right-hander, but about 10,000 of those fans did not appear to be at Comerica Park on a relatively warm night.

    "I wasn't nervous,'' said Bonderman, who struck out five and walked one walk in a 79-pitch outing against the AL Central champions. "I was excited and I had a lot of adrenalin.''

    Jones' homer came in the second.

    "That's a pitch you can't miss and I didn't,'' he said.

    Jones also had an RBI bunt single in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Roney to give the Twins a 7-1 lead.

    Cristian Guzman was the first player to get a hit off Bonderman, in the first inning, and the first to score. He also singled and scored, on Torii Hunter's two-run triple, in the fourth to put the Twins ahead 6-1.

    "They're a good fastball-hitting team and they proved that,'' Bonderman said. "I left the ball up on a couple pitches and you can't do that against a good hitting team like that because they'll punish you. That's what happened.''

    Game notes

    Minnesota's Corey Koskie, who missed the opener with a stiff back, left the game for precautionary reasons after going 2-for-3. ... The Twins won their 11th straight game against Detroit. ... Mays spent the first 12 years of his life in Flint, Mich. ... Minnesota's Kyle Lohse will pitch against Adam Bernero in the third and final game of the series Thursday before the Twins play Toronto in their home opener Friday night. ... Damion Easley signed with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, five days after becoming the most expensive player cut loose in baseball history when the Detroit Tigers released him with $14.3 million still owed on his contract. The signing cuts Detroit's obligation by $300,000.

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