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
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
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.”