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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera took a positive step at the plate, hitting a three-run double in his second game back with Detroit to lead a Tigers split squad past the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Cabrera cleared the bases with a drive to left-center that rolled to the fence in a four-run third inning. He went 1 for 4 and scored a run as the designated hitter. He's expected to play first base Wednesday against the Houston Astros.

    Cabrera was 0 for 2 with a walk Monday against the New York Yankees in his first appearance since his arrest Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence. He is to be arraigned on March 16.

    Attorney Michael Kessler, of the Kessler Law Firm in Ft. Pierce, Fla., told the Detroit Free Press he took on Cabrera's case because the slugger wants to be defended.

    "Miguel Cabrera maintains his innocence," Kessler told the newspaper. "We intend to put forth a vigorous defense."

    Cabrera hit .328 with 38 homers and 126 RBIs last season, finishing second in AL MVP voting to Texas' Josh Hamilton.

    Victor Martinez, signed by Detroit to help its Cabrera-led lineup, had three singles. Leadoff batter Austin Jackson singled in his first two at-bats.

    Jacob Turner gave up two singles in the first, then retired the next eight batters and gave up only one run over three innings in a solid showing for one of the Tigers' top prospects.

    Ricky Romero, meanwhile, got roughed up. He gave up five hits and four runs over 2 1-3 innings, getting chased just before Cabrera's three-run double against Zach Stewart.

    Eric Thames hit a solo homer and Brett Lawrie had an RBI single for the Blue Jays.

     
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    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rajai Davis, RF3110010 .111
        Moises Sierra, RF1010000 .200
    Corey Patterson, CF2000000 .000
        Anthony Gose, CF1000000 .000
    Brett Lawrie, 3B4021011 .250
        Kevin Ahrens, 3B0000000 .000
    Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000002 .000
        David Cooper, 1B0000100 .250
    Eric Thames, LF3121001 .375
        Darin Mastroianni, LF1000002 .000
    J.P. Arencibia, DH3000100 .000
    Jose Molina, C2010000 .500
        Ryan Budde, PR-C2000002 .000
    John McDonald, SS2000001 .500
        Jon Diaz, SS1000000 .200
    Mike McCoy, 2B2000001 .250
       a- Michael McDade, PH1000001 .000
        Ryan Goins, 2B0000000 .000
    Totals3127222  
    a-grounded into a double play for McCoy in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Rajai Davis (1, Turner)
    HR - Eric Thames (1, Thomas)
    SH - Corey Patterson (1)
    RBI - Brett Lawrie (1), Eric Thames (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Eric Thames (1)
    SB - Brett Lawrie (1, 2nd base off Turner/Martinez)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - McDonald-Encarnacion, Lawrie-McCoy-Encarnacion
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ricky Romero (L,0-1) 2.1544220 15.43
    Zach Stewart 2.2422200 6.75
    David Purcey 1000110 0.00
    Wil Ledezma 1100000 0.00
    Michael Hinckley 1100000 0.00
    HBP - Boesch (by Michael Hinckley)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 22-14, Zach Stewart 21-12, David Purcey 9-5, Wil Ledezma 4-4, Michael Hinckley 5-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 3-0, Zach Stewart 4-4, Michael Hinckley 2-1
    Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 12, Zach Stewart 14, David Purcey 4, Wil Ledezma 4, Michael Hinckley 5
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3120100 .500
        Daniel Fields, CF10100001.000
    Brennan Boesch, LF2100202 .222
    Magglio Ordonez, RF4000025 .111
        Edwin Gomez, RF1000002 .000
    Miguel Cabrera, DH4113010 .167
    Victor Martinez, C4230001 .375
        Max St. Pierre, PR-C0000000 .000
    Brandon Inge, 3B3021001 .375
       a- Nick Castellanos, PH-3B1000001 .000
    Ramon Santiago, SS3022101 .500
        Dixon Machado, SS0000000 .000
    Scott Sizemore, 2B3000004 .250
        Javier Azcona, 2B1000000 .000
    Scott Thorman, 1B3100100 .000
    Totals33611653  
    a-flied out for Inge in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Miguel Cabrera (1, Stewart), Ramon Santiago (1, Stewart)
    RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (3), Brandon Inge (1), Ramon Santiago 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (1), Ramon Santiago (1)
    SB - Victor Martinez (1, 2nd base off Stewart/Budde), Brandon Inge (1, 2nd base off Stewart/Molina)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Santiago-Sizemore-Thorman, Santiago-Sizemore-Thorman
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jacob Turner (W,1-0) 3211010 3.00
    Brad Thomas (H,2) 2211001 3.00
    John Bale (H,2) 2200100 0.00
    Fu-Te Ni (H,2) 1100110 0.00
    Brendan Wise 1000000 0.00
    HBP - Diaz (by John Bale)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 14-13, Brad Thomas 8-7, John Bale 12-7, Fu-Te Ni 10-6, Brendan Wise 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 5-3, Brad Thomas 4-1, John Bale 4-1, Fu-Te Ni 2-0, Brendan Wise 2-1
    Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 11, Brad Thomas 7, John Bale 9, Fu-Te Ni 5, Brendan Wise 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3936
    Game Time - 2:36
    Temperature - 76
    Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Victor Carapazza