Fielder, Cabrera providing potent 1-2 punch for Tigers | Baseball notebook
Prince Fielder stood in front of his locker discussing his first two home runs as a Detroit Tiger. Then Miguel Cabrera — who had just...
DETROIT — Prince Fielder stood in front of his locker discussing his first two home runs as a Detroit Tiger.
Then Miguel Cabrera — who had just finished reviewing his own two-homer game — walked past.
"Pow!" Cabrera said playfully. "One, two, three, pow!"
Detroit's potent slugging tandem is already finding its groove.
Fielder and Cabrera hit two homers apiece and Alex Avila added another off Josh Beckett in the Tigers' 10-0 rout of the Boston on Saturday.
Detroit entered the season as a favorite in the AL Central, and after two games the Tigers are performing pretty much as planned. Ace Justin Verlander was marvelous in Thursday's opener, and Cabrera and Fielder overwhelmed the Red Sox two days later.
"So far everything's good," Fielder said. "Hopefully we'll just keep working hard and keep it going. We're not going to go 162-0 I don't think."
It was the 21st multihomer game for Cabrera and the 23rd for Fielder, and the Tigers certainly hope it's a sign of things to come. Cabrera even showed off some impressive reflexes at third base, where he moved this season to make room for Fielder at first. Cabrera lunged to his left to make a diving catch of Jarrod Saltalamacchia's line drive in the fifth.
"That was a nice play. Did you see that?" Cabrera said. "Everybody was surprised."
It wasn't all good news for the Tigers, who announced after the game that Doug Fister is heading to the disabled list after leaving Saturday's start with a left side injury.
• With his start against the Astros, Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer become the oldest player to appear in a game since 1980, when 54-year-old Minnie Minoso played in a game for the White Sox, according to statistics provided by the Rockies from the Elias Sports Bureau.
• The Rays' Evan Longoria had a seventh-inning home run changed to a double after a video review in Tampa Bay's game against the New York Yankees. TV replays showed a fan wearing a Yankees jersey reached over the wall and caught the ball with a glove.
• Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut. Acta said Cleveland wants to take advantage of an upcoming off day so the right-hander won't have to miss his turn in the rotation.
• Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is apologizing for telling Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro and respects him for staying in power so long.
Guillen called the team's beat writers for a closed-door meeting before Saturday's game and apologized for the statement. He said he's opposed to the way Castro has treated the Cuban people.