White hit solo home runs in back-to-back at-bats in the second
and fourth innings to help the Twins beat the Tigers 14-3 Saturday.
Limited to just 97 games with the Tigers last season after
suffering a dislocated left shoulder Aug. 15, White decided to play
things safe during the offseason. White opted for a role as a
"My agent said, 'Do you want to play left field in Cleveland or
DH for the Twin?" White said. "I said, 'DH.' I felt like I could
stay healthy DH-ing. I feel like I can do it. I feel I can help the
team out. It was a good fit."
White, 34, began his career in the National League with the
Montreal Expos before moving on to the Chicago Cubs. Primarily an
outfielder, White had to adjust to the designated hitter role upon
playing in the American League for the first time in 2002 with the
New York Yankees.
"If you look at it like a pitch-hitting at-bat, its going to be
tough," said White, who likes to stay loose between each
"You've got to keep sweating," he said. "Otherwise, it's
White hit .313 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI last season. In
2004, White hit .270 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI for the Tigers.
He'll play the field, if he's needed.
"I can still play the outfield," he said. "If someone needs a
day off, I can go out there and play."
"That's why it's spring training," Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "They hit the ball really well. They're all professional
hitters. That's not a surprise. It happens."
"I haven't seen us hit like that in a while," Radke said. "If
we can do that in September and October, we'll be all right."
The Twins reassigned catchers Korey Feiner and Kyle Geiger
to minor league camp on Friday. On Saturday, they reassigned
pitchers Jason Miller and Glen Perkins to minor league camp.
Minor-league position players have their first full-squad workout
Monday. ... Manager Ron Gardenhire, White, Radke and teammates Joe
Mauer, Torii Hunter and Shannon Stewart are expected to attend
Sunday night's memorial service for Kirby Puckett at the Metrodome