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Tigers 7, Blue Jays 3

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DETROIT -- Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera had four hits and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers thumped the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Comerica Park on Tuesday.

Cabrera hit his first homer of the season, a three-run blast, while Torii Hunter reached 2,000 career hits with a three-hit effort. Cabrera's fourth-inning homer, which just cleared the right-field fence, made him the first player to have 100 at Comerica Park.

Anibal Sanchez (1-0) held Toronto to two runs in seven innings and struck out eight. Alex Avila had a solo homer -- his second this season -- Prince Fielder added an RBI double and Matt Tuiasosopo chipped in an RBI single for the Tigers.

Melky Cabrera had three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, and drove in a run for Toronto. Jose Bautista returned to the Blue Jays lineup after missing three games with a right ankle sprain. Serving as the designated hitter, Bautista went hitless in four at-bats.

Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (1-0) gave up five runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings to absorb the loss in Toronto's first road game. He allowed single runs in the first and second inning and left after surrendering Cabrera's two-out homer.

Detroit left fielder Don Kelly robbed Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia of a second-inning homer, leaping and crashing into the left-field fence in the process. Kelly started because Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez missed the game after suffering a cut on his right thumb that required eight stitches. Andy Dirks, the regular left fielder, served as the DH.

Morrow also got an assist from his defense in the third, as right fielder Rajai Davis threw out Hunter at home after a Cabrera single.

NOTES: Martinez, who missed last season with a knee injury, suffered the gash when he banged his hand on a metal bolt of a bat rack. He's considered day-to-day. ... Hunter is the 14th active player to collect 2,000 hits. He reached the milestone with a sixth-inning single. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons is unconcerned about his new ace and last year's National League Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey, who lost his first two starts and has an 8.44 ERA. Dickey makes his next start in Kansas City on Saturday. "On a new team, you want to play well right out of the gate and live up to your billing and take things by storm," he said. "This game doesn't always work that way. Sometimes, the harder you try, the worse it gets." ... The Blue Jays claimed first baseman Mauro Gomez from Boston on Monday and optioned him to Triple A Buffalo. ... Reliever David Bush was designated for assignment. ... Detroit has gone 15-8 against Toronto since Sept. 13, 2009, second-best among American League teams during that span. ... Former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson threw out the first pitch.
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