Tigers 7, Cardinals 4

Jim Leyland is tired of talking about Miguel Cabrera’s off-field

troubles. Maybe Cabrera is, too, and he wasted no time getting back

to baseball.

Cabrera smacked the first pitch he saw Friday over leaping

Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig for an RBI double. In his next

at-bat, Cabrera belted an opposite field home run, his first this

spring.

The slugging first baseman went 2 for 3 on Friday, leading

Detroit to a 7-4 victory over St. Louis in his first game since

fresh details came out this week regarding his February arrest on

suspicion of drunken driving.

”You’ve got to be step-by-step, you’ve got to be day-by-day,”

said Cabrera, a five-time All Star and runner up for last year’s

American League MVP.

Detroit starter Phil Coke shut out the Cardinals for four

innings. Lance Lynn gave up two runs on three hits in two innings

of work for St. Louis, whose pitchers surrendered 14 walks.

Lynn, who is looking to fill the spot of injured ace Adam

Wainwright, started in Chris Carpenter’s spot in the rotation.

Working his way back from a hamstring strain suffered in his

first outing of the spring, Carpenter threw more than 60 pitches in

four innings of a live bullpen session before Friday’s game. The

2005 Cy Young award winner said he is ready to make second spring

start, scheduled for Wednesday in Lakeland against Detroit.

”I’m sick of talking about this,” Leyland, the Tigers’

manager, said of Cabrera’s situatioin. ”The situation is being

dealt with. End of the conversation.”