2/23/2013 4:30 P.M. ET
Prince, Cabrera go deep in Grapefruit loss
Sanchez tosses two shutout innings, strikes out one vs. Blue Jays
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
LAKELAND, Fla. -- A day after Tigers starters went hitless in the Grapefruit League opener, they had a slugfest with the Blue Jays on Saturday with the wind blowing out at Joker Marchant Stadium. Though Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera both hit mammoth home runs early to power Detroit in front, Toronto topped it with a Lance Zawadzki grand slam and a Ryan Goins three-run homer for a 10-3 win.
Though the Blue Jays kept some of their big bats at home, their travel squad more than made up for it. All of Toronto's runs came off Detroit's bullpen after two scoreless innings from Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.
Fielder's drive off Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow set the tone for the afternoon, soaring deep to right field and bouncing off the top of the indoor batting cage building before settling in the players parking lot. The two-run shot was one of three hits off Morrow, who struck out Andy Dirks with a runner on to escape further damage in his lone inning.
Two innings later, Cabrera greeted Steve Delabar with a drive to left-center field that hit the top of the berm.
After Brett Lawrie's two-run single propelled a three-run third inning off former Blue Jay Shawn Hill, Zawadzki's pinch grand slam in the sixth off Ryan Robowski put Toronto up for good. Goins powered a drive to right off Tigers relief prospect Melvin Mercedes.
Tigers closer candidate Bruce Rondon made his first outing of the spring with a scoreless fifth inning.
Up next for Tigers: Justin Verlander will make his first outing of the spring Sunday afternoon opposite Roy Halladay in a matchup of Cy Young award winners as the Tigers host the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium. Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Brayan Villarreal are among the relievers scheduled to pitch. The game will be broadcast on 97.1 FM and MLB Gameday Audio.
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