Series: Game 1 of 2

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 7/19)

Game 1: Monday, July 19
Game 2: Tuesday, July 20
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Twins 3

(49-43, 23-21 away)

Tigers 1

(44-48, 23-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 19, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: T. Mulholland (2-3)

    L: J. Johnson (7-8)

    S: J. Nathan (25)

    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.

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