Tigers 11, Blue Jays 1

Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DETROIT -- Prince Fielder drove in four runs and Torii Hunter knocked in three, leading the Detroit Tigers to an 11-1 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on Thursday.
Doug Fister (2-0) allowed one run as he scattered eight hits in eight innings and struck out five to help Detroit take two of three games in the series. The Tigers had a major-league best .297 team batting average entering the game, which was played in damp, 35-degree weather, and pounded out 16 more hits, including three apiece by Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta.
Mark DeRosa's sacrifice fly in the second accounted for Toronto's lone run. Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson (0-1) didn't get out of the second inning, giving up six runs while retiring just four batters.
Victor Martinez had an RBI single in the bottom of the first after Miguel Cabrera startled Johnson by stealing third base.
Cabrera drove a Johnson pitch off the base of the right-centerfield wall in his next at-bat for a run-scoring triple. That was preceded by singles by Peralta and Alex Avila, Omar Infante's sacrifice fly and RBI singles from Jackson and Hunter.
When Fielder followed Cabrera with a single to left, Johnson's day was over.
Left fielder Andy Dirks helped Fister survive a shaky third inning by throwing out Melky Cabrera at the plate.
Detroit added four runs in the fifth on Hunter's two-run single and Fielder's two-run double.
Notes: Cabrera's triple was his first since July 6, 2010 against Baltimore. ... Hunter has seven multi-hit games in nine outings. ... Detroit hasn't committed an error this season, the only American League team without one. ... The Tigers begin a nine-game West Coast trip against Oakland on Friday. They don't have another trip out West the rest of the season and manager Jim Leyland is looking forward to playing in better weather. "We should not be sitting around, worrying about whether we're going to get the game in or not," he said. "The biggest thing is it gets your rotation going. Ten days out there and we're done." ... Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio didn't start, but entered when the game got lopsided. Bonifacio has committed four errors playing second base, tying him for the league high. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons was the bench coach for Kansas City, the Blue Jays' next opponent, from 2008-11. "They've got some of the better young players in the league and they're probably the best defensive team in the league," he said. "The thing that was holding them back was their starting pitching and they've addressed that this winter, so they're tough. ... Veteran Blue Jays reliever Darren Oliver was hit on the arm by a line drive on Wednesday but should be available sometime this weekend.

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