April 13, 2003
DETROIT -- The Tigers knew they eventually would win a game.
That didn't lessen the sighs of relief when it finally happened for Detroit and rookie manager Alan Trammell.
The Tigers ended their record-setting 0-9 start, getting a three-run homer from Shane Halter and six strong innings by Nate Cornejo to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Saturday.
"We're still 1-9, so we can't celebrate like we had just won the World Series," Halter said.
Trammell kept the lineup card and the ball from the final out.
"This feels great, but to be honest, my first thought was that now we can win tomorrow and win the series," Trammell said.
The Tigers fell two losses short of matching last season's 0-11 start. They are the only team since 1900 to start back-to-back seasons with nine straight losses.
"We're laughing now," centerfielder Hiram Bocachica said. "We almost blew it a couple times, but we hung on."
"We left a lot of men on (14). That was the tough thing about it," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.