Cabrera, Cespedes, V-Mart make presence felt in Tigers’ victory

Miguel Cabrera had three RBI on a sacrifice fly, a single and a solo home run, his first homer of the spring Thursday.

Reinhold Matay

LAKELAND, Fla. — If you’ve been waiting to see the real Tigers lineup, you might have gotten a glimpse of a possibility Thursday.

The Tigers had pretty much all of their expected starters in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles and the ones you’d expect to produce did just that in a 6-4 comeback victory.

Miguel Cabrera, playing in back-to-back games at first base, had three RBI on a sacrifice fly, a single and a solo home run, his first homer of the spring.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run of his own leading off the top of the seventh.

Cespedes also displayed his defensive prowess.

In the third inning, Baltimore’s Christian Walker thought he had a home run but Cespedes made a leaping catch.

Walker was so convinced he hit it out that he rounded the bases only to find out Cespedes caught it.

Then in the sixth, Cespedes made a running grab of Dariel Alvarez’s line drive.

"He runs hard all the time, whether he’s running the bases, running down the line or in the outfield," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He runs hard and he plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played."

Price was grateful for the assistance.

Via his Twitter account, @DAVIDprice14, he said, "Cespedes is very athletic!!! I love when doubles or triples are turned into outs!! #graciashermanoYO."

Then there was Victor Martinez, who hit a two-run, game-winning home run off Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman in the eighth. It was Martinez’s first home run of the spring.

It was a good sign considering Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and the trainers went to check on Martinez when he reached on an error in the sixth inning and looked a little gimpy doing so.

"He said he felt it a little bit in the area but I think it was more that he felt it, not that he was injured," Ausmus said.

Ausmus said Cabrera would have Friday off but Martinez would be the DH as long as he came in Friday morning feeling OK.