Tigers 10, Phillies 1

Miguel Cabrera already looks ready for opening day. Jonathan

Papelbon seems to still have some work ahead.

Cabrera hit a booming, three-run homer off Papelbon as the

Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-1 Monday.

The AL MVP and Triple Crown winner went 1 for 2 with a walk.

He’s hit two home runs this spring.

”It’s nice to hit that one so early,” Cabrera said. ”It makes

you feel good. It makes you feel everything’s working good.”

Papelbon, meanwhile, struggled to get anyone out in his first

action of the spring. The five-time All-Star closer faced nine

batters in the fifth inning and retired just two before being

removed from the game.

”Papelbon got a nice little ERA today,” manager Charlie Manuel

said. ”I’m not worried about Papelbon.”

Papelbon’s path to an 81.00 ERA began when Jeff Kobernus led off

with a single and Nick Castellanos followed with a home run for a

2-1 lead. Three of the next four batters reached, on a walk and two


With Detroit ahead 3-1, Cabrera hit a drive that cleared the

Phillies’ bullpen beyond the left-field fence.

”With a runner in scoring position with one out, I try to hit

the ball in the gap, I try not to kill the inning with a

ground-ball double play right there,” Cabrera said. ”It was like

my goal to try to elevate the ball, try to hit the gap.”

Two batters after serving up the homer, Papelbon was pulled.

He gave up six runs on five hits and two walks. Papelbon also

struck out two.

”I felt good,” said Papelbon, who wasn’t worried about the

results. ”I’m more concerned about repeating my delivery, throwing

the ball out front. That’s really it for me. Everything else kind

of falls by the wayside and will come as spring goes on.”

While Papelbon shook off a rough outing, Cliff Lee looked in

midseason form in his own spring debut.

Lee, a former Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star,

pitched two hitless innings. He had only one blemish, a walk to

Cabrera with two outs in the first inning.

Lee got called third strikes on each of the last two hitters he


”I was just out there getting some reps and trying to work on

locating pitches,” he said.

NOTES: Philadelphia 1B Ryan Howard went 2 for 2 with a

bases-loaded sacrifice fly. All three of his at-bats came against

left-handers – Howard hit just .173 against lefties last year. …

Phillies RHP Mike Stutes made his first appearance in a game since

last April; he missed the majority of the 2012 season recovering

from shoulder surgery. Stutes faced six batters in the sixth

inning, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. … RHP Tyler

Cloyd, who made six starts for the Phillies in September, pitched

two hitless innings in relief of Lee. Cloyd walked one and struck

out one. … Phils RHP Kyle Kendrick will make his spring debut on

Tuesday in Clearwater against the New York Yankees. … Detroit OF

Andy Dirks was available but manager Jim Leyland decided not to

rush him back into action. Dirks was a late scratch from Sunday’s

starting lineup with a minor side strain. Dirks could return to the

lineup on Tuesday, when the Tigers travel to Kissimmee to play the

Houston Astros. … Detroit LHP Darin Downs struck out three of the

seven batters he faced in two innings. … Tigers RHP Doug Fister

will make his first start of the spring on Tuesday.