DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Tigers opened the Grapefruit League season Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Second baseman Scott Sizemore led the way for Detroit with a pair of hits and two RBIs while left-handed starter Phil Coke struck out one over two scoreless innings.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second off Toronto starting pitcher Brett Cecil. Third baseman Brandon Inge led off the frame with a double to the gap in left-center field. After advancing to third on a fielders' choice, the 33-year-old came around to score on a grounder off the bat of right fielder Casper Wells.
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Detroit increased its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning off right-hander Robert Ray. Left fielder Ryan Raburn was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and would eventually come around to score on a single up the middle by first baseman Ryan Strieby.
One inning later, with two runners on, Sizemore hit a deep fly ball to the warning track in straightaway center. Toronto outfielder Rajai Davis took an awkward route and had the ball bounce off his glove. By the time he was able to get the ball back into the infield two runners had scored.
The Blue Jays couldn't generate much offense early in the game. Their best opportunity came in the bottom of the fourth, when they had the bases loaded with just one out. Slugger Jose Bautista struck out, though, and first baseman Adam Lind popped up to end the inning.
Up next: The Tigers will start off the home portion of their Spring Training schedule Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup against the Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Righty Max Scherzer has said he will try to bring a regular-season intensity to his starts this spring, and Sunday will mark his first chance. Brad Penny, Joel Zumaya and Joaquin Benoit are also scheduled to pitch for Detroit.