Fields, Martinez, Moya homer as Tigers beat Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Tigers don’t have Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez right now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t clear the fence.
Daniel Fields, J.D. Martinez and Steven Moya all hit home runs in Tuesday’s 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
It was the first home run for both Martinez and Moya, and it was Fields’ second.
Fields is batting .533 this spring, but don’t expect him to make the big-league club out of camp.
"I think it’d be tough with missing a year," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He probably needs at-bats. It’s a similar situation with (Tyler) Collins last year.
"He made the roster out of spring training thinking it would kind of be a platoon situation with Raj(ai Davis). And Raj ends up playing well and Collins doesn’t play, so we sent him down so he could get experience and at-bats."
Fields broke his hand when he was hit with a pitch last May and didn’t play again until July 4. The Tigers sent him to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .255 with one home run and three RBI.
Although he’s likely slated for Toledo, it’s never a bad thing for Fields to be doing what he’s doing this spring.
"He wasn’t really off the radar," Ausmus said. "He just had such an injury-laden season last year. But he has looked outstanding in this short term this spring."