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

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

The Tigers led 3-0 after the second inning, 3-2 after seven, and were able to push across an eighth-inning run on a bases loaded wild pitch to give themselves some breathing room. Phil Coke got the save by retiring the last two batters of the game.

There were two big moments for the Tigers in the midst of holding on

Prince Fielder made a hugely important scoop of a throw in the dirt at first in the sixth to prevent at least one run, perhaps two runs. .

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

After that Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eighth, and also got the first out of the ninth. Coke struck out Justin Morneau and retired Ryan Doumit on a routine fly ball to right for the final out.

Both teams shivered the entire game, as the fans did, but it was an exciting opener all the same.

The crowd was as reluctant to arrive as higher temperatures were, however. But at game time, the stands at Target Field filled (to 38,282) and the mercury zoomed to 35 degrees