Tigers 3

(7-3, 5-2 away)

Twins 14

(7-4, 5-2 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 11, 2006

    Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, Florida 

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    Minnesota 14, Detroit 3

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Playing for the first time against his most recent former team, Rondell White showed the Detroit Tigers the player he hopes to be with the Minnesota Twins.

    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.

    Tony Batista homered, Terry Tiffee went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and shortstop Jason Bartlett went 3-for-4 for Minnesota, which finished with 20 hits.

    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 designated hitter.

    "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 half-inning.

    "You've got to keep sweating," he said. "Otherwise, it's tough."

    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."

    Detroit left-hander Nate Robertson and his replacement, righty Lee Gardner, combined to give up 13 runs and 17 hits in the first 3 2-3 innings.

    "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."

    Twins starter Brad Radke struck out five and gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Marcus Thames and Mike Hessman. But he enjoyed his run support.

    "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."

    Game notes

    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 in Minneapolis.

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