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Mulholland, relievers toss four-hitter

DETROIT (AP) -- Terry Mulholland made a little baseball history
when he became just the third pitcher to beat all 30 major league
teams. The 41-year-old lefty just wasn't very excited about it.

"This wasn't exactly a driving force in my career -- I only
found out I was that close when I started against the Tigers last
week," Mulholland said. "It's just a testament to the length of
my career and my determination to stay valuable enough for someone
else to give me a chance. To do this, you've got to play for a lot
of teams."

Mulholland (2-3), who joined Al Leiter and Kevin Brown in one of
baseball's exclusive clubs, gave up one run on four hits in 6 2-3
innings to lead the Twins to their second win in eight games -- 3-1
over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

He struck out two and walked one, improving to 2-0 in three
starts since moving into the rotation earlier this month.

"That's a pretty special achievement," Minnesota manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "He knows how to pitch, and he did a great job
tonight. We made sure to give him a game ball."

J.C. Romero, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan combined on 2 1-3
scoreless innings of relief to complete the four-hitter. Nathan got
three outs -- including Rondell White on a groundout with runners on
second and third and two outs -- for his 24th save in 25 chances.

"That was a great baseball game," Gardenhire said. "It just
got a little too exciting at the end."

Jason Johnson (7-8) allowed three runs on seven hits in
eight-plus innings, eight days after pitching a five-hit shutout in
Minnesota. The loss was just the third in 11 games for Detroit.

Johnson retired 10 straight batters until Lew Ford led off the
seventh with a double. Justin Morneau followed with a tying
two-base hit that sailed over White's head in left field.

After Torii Hunter walked, Jacque Jones sacrificed the runners
and Johnson intentionally walked Corey Koskie to load the bases. He
then struck out Matthew LeCroy, but Offerman hit a grounder up the
middle that trickled under shortstop Carlos Guillen's glove.

"The one pitch I would want back is the one to Ford," Johnson
said. "I tried to get it down and away and I hung it right down
the middle of the plate. Besides that, I made the pitches I
wanted."

The teams were locked in a pitchers duel early on and neither
team got a runner into scoring position until Dmitri Young led off
the fifth with a single and took second when Mulholland hit Guillen
with a pitch.

White followed with a single to load the bases, and Eric Munson
put the Tigers ahead with an RBI groundout. Mulholland, though,
escaped further damage by retiring Mike DiFelice and Brandon Inge
with runners on second and third.

DiFelice fouled off a 3-0 pitch before popping out on the next
offering.

"I always hope guys swing at 3-0, because I make sure not to
throw them the straight fastball they are expecting," Mulholland
said. "Greg Maddux taught me that -- throw a cut fastball or a
sinker or something with enough movement to avoid the barrel of the
bat. He always wanted guys to swing on 3-0."

Tigers manager Alan Trammell said that he was happy to give
DiFelice the green light on 3-0.

"Absolutely," he said. "A major league player, with runners
on second and third and 3-0, I don't want him taking."

Game notes
Twins C Joe Mauer went on the 15-day disabled list Monday
with a recurring knee injury, retroactive to Friday. Mauer was on
the DL from April 7 through June 2 with a torn left medial
meniscus, and still has soreness in the knee. ... Johnson struck
out the side in the fifth on 14 pitches. ... The first 4½ innings
were played in 58 minutes. ... Morneau's double ended Johnson's
shutout streak at 18 innings. ... The game drew 21,369 after the
Tigers averaged over 40,000 fans for a four-game weekend series
with the Yankees. ... CF Hunter recorded all three putouts in the
Tigers' seventh, including a running catch of Young's drive to
left-center.