In case you were wondering, that's what a win by committee looks like.

Getting insufficient help at one point, but a big boost overall in relief of starter Justin Verlander, the Tigers toyed with trouble, but held on for a 4-2 Opening Day victory over the Twins on Monday afternoon.

"We did what we told everybody we would be doing," manager Jim Leyland said about his bullpen. "We mixed and matched. That's what we will have to do."

The Tigers led 3-0 after the second inning, 3-2 after the seventh, and were able to push across an eighth-inning run on a bases-loaded wild pitch for some breathing room.

But there two even-bigger moments for the Tigers in the midst of holding on.

Prince Fielder made an important scoop of a throw in the dirt at first base in the sixth to prevent at least one run from scoring, but most likely two.

"Probably the play of the game," Leyland said.

And, Al Alburquerque — after Drew Smyly struggled in relief as the Twins crept to within a run — struck out Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee with the bases loaded to close out the seventh with the Tigers still in front.

Parmelee swung at ball four while striking out, but Alburquerque said, "I knew he was going to swing. So I needed to throw something that looked like a strike, but was down."

After that, Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eighth, plus one out in the ninth before Phil Coke retired the last two batters for the save.

Both teams shivered in mid-30s temperatures the entire game, as the fans did, but it was an exciting opener all the same.

"I couldn't feel my hands," Torii Hunter said. "I was closing my eyes and swinging. It was weird."

Verlander was the winning pitcher, his first victory in an opener in six tries, but because of the cold, he came out of the game after five mostly sharp innings. He was at 91 pitches after the fifth, but with Justin Morneau leading off after an earlier double, Leyland went with Smyly.