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(Associated Press) Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, left, hands the ball to Minnesota Twins’ Aaron Hicks after Hicks’ first major league hit, a two-run single off relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal, in the eighth inning Thursday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis. Hicks was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts to start the season before getting the hit.

Couple of homers sparks Twins' 8-2 rout of Tigers

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Pelfrey looked around as he stepped on the mound to appreciate the moment. Less than a year after Tommy John surgery, he was back in a major league game.

Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs and the Twins took the season-opening series from the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 victory Thursday.

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