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    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Prince Fielder took a big lead off first base and Toronto pitcher Henderson Alvarez never gave him a glance. So the hefty slugger took off and slid in with his first spring training swipe since 2008.

    "I think any time I steal anything, everybody's off-guard. That's the point," Fielder said following the Blue Jays' 13-8 win Tuesday over the Detroit Tigers.

    In a game that had five home runs among its 28 hits, Fielder's theft was a highlight.

    Fielder followed Miguel Cabrera's single up the middle in the third inning with a forceout. After Delmon Young popped up, Fielder ran on Alvarez's first pitch to Alex Avila and beat J.C. Arencibia's throw and shortstop Yunel Escobar's tag.

    "I just wanted to try it. There was no deep thinking involved," Fielder said, adding that he should have one steal every spring. "Just to keep in shape."

    Deadpanned Tigers manager Jim Leyland: "I wouldn't make a big deal out of it."

    "I don't think you'll see it very much," he said. "You can tell Rickey Henderson not to worry about it."

    Fielder has 16 stolen bases in seven major league seasons, putting him 1,390 behind Hall of Famer Henderson's record.

    Fielder's next gamble on the bases also brought a roar from the crowd, but it wasn't nearly as successful.

    With two outs and Fielder still at second, Jhonny Peralta lined a single to left field. The 275-pound Fielder thundered around third - the coach just watching him race by - and headed home. Left fielder Eric Thames threw Fielder out by two steps to end the inning.

    "I thought I had it," Fielder said, smiling. He received fist bumps from teammates.

    Arencibia playfully patted Fielder on the helmet.

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer had a rough day, charged with nine runs on 11 hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings. He was chased during the Blue Jays' seven-run fifth inning.

    "He was out of synch all day long, just not in a good rhythm all day," Leyland said. "It happens once in a while."

    Thames and two minor leaguers hit home runs for the Blue Jays. Miguel Cabrera connected off Alvarez and Danny Worth hit one off Kyle Drabek, who gave up single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and two in the ninth.

    The Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead in the second with Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie hitting ground-rule doubles and made it 5-3 in the third on Thames' homer.

    In his first at-bat of the spring, Ryan Schimpf hit a 2-0 pitch over the center-field fence for a grand slam. Five pitches later, fellow Class A player Kevin Ahrens homered to left.

    Toronto loaded the bases in the fifth on singles by Adam Lind, Thames and Jeff Mathis and when Scherzer walked Rasmus for a run,

    NOTES: Detroit RHP Luis Marte, who had just made the team, sustained a left hamstring injury and was placed on the disabled list. He was replaced on the roster by LHP Duane Below. .... Earlier, Tigers 3B Brandon Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30 with strained left groin. ... Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista sat out the game as a precaution with groin tightness. ... The Tigers finished spring training against big league teams at 20-8. The Blue Jays ended at 24-7-1, their most spring wins ever.

     
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    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3001001 .271
        Clete Thomas, CF1000000 .210
    Brennan Boesch, RF4110002 .288
        Tyler Collins, RF1001000 .444
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B3122000 .413
        Danny Worth, 3B2111001 .317
    Prince Fielder, 1B2010101 .288
        Don Kelly, 1B2110000 .321
    Delmon Young, LF3010002 .381
        Daniel Fields, LF2111000 .286
    Alex Avila, C2000111 .246
        Gerald Laird, C1011100 .273
    Jhonny Peralta, SS3010004 .281
        Dixon Machado, PR-SS2100012 .357
    Andy Dirks, DH4120100 .429
    Ryan Raburn, 2B3011001 .268
        Corey Jones, PR-2B1100000 .286
    Totals39813842  
    Batting
    2B - Brennan Boesch (4, Alvarez)
    3B - Daniel Fields (1, Drabek), Andy Dirks (2, Alvarez)
    HR - Miguel Cabrera (2, Alvarez), Danny Worth (2, Drabek)
    SF - Austin Jackson (2)
    RBI - Austin Jackson (8), Tyler Collins (4), Miguel Cabrera 2 (9), Danny Worth (7), Daniel Fields (3), Gerald Laird (6), Ryan Raburn (19)
    SB - Prince Fielder (1, 2nd base off Alvarez/Arencibia)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    E - Dixon Machado (3, Misplayed grounder), Jhonny Peralta (1, Throwing)
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Max Scherzer (L,1-2) 4.11197341 5.76
    Luis Marte0011100 2.77
    Zach Samuels 1222012 18.00
    Matt Crouse 1.2111000 3.38
    Patrick Cooper 1100020 0.00
    HBP - Schimpf (by Matt Crouse)
    WP - Max Scherzer (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 49-32, Luis Marte 4-0, Zach Samuels 14-9, Matt Crouse 7-6, Patrick Cooper 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-4, Zach Samuels 1-2, Matt Crouse 3-2
    Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 26, Luis Marte 1, Zach Samuels 6, Matt Crouse 7, Patrick Cooper 4
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Yunel Escobar, SS3110011 .237
       a- Omar Vizquel, PH-SS2000004 .395
        Shane Opitz, SS0000000 .000
    Kelly Johnson, 2B2011101 .304
       b- Ryan Schimpf, PH-2B11140001.000
    Brett Lawrie, 3B3010012 .524
       c- Kevin Ahrens, PH-3B2112000 .400
    Adam Lind, 1B3021012 .302
        Jonathan Talley, PR-1B2100001 .000
    Edwin Encarnacion, DH3000002 .306
       d- Jonathan Jones, PH-DH2010010 .750
    Eric Thames, LF2221100 .359
        Dalton Pompey, PR-LF2100001 .000
    J.P. Arencibia, C2110000 .245
        Jeff Mathis, C3110012 .163
    Colby Rasmus, CF2212110 .185
        Jacob Marisnick, CF2000012 .154
    Rajai Davis, RF2011100 .289
        Michael Crouse, PR-RF1210000 .286
    Totals3913151247  
    a-flied out for Escobar in the 5th
    b-homered for Johnson in the 5th
    c-homered for Lawrie in the 5th
    d-struck out for Encarnacion in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Brett Lawrie (8, Scherzer), Adam Lind (4, Scherzer), Colby Rasmus (3, Scherzer), Michael Crouse (1, Crouse)
    HR - Ryan Schimpf (1, Samuels), Kevin Ahrens (1, Samuels), Eric Thames (2, Scherzer)
    RBI - Kelly Johnson (6), Ryan Schimpf 4 (4), Kevin Ahrens 2 (3), Adam Lind (9), Eric Thames (13), Colby Rasmus 2 (8), Rajai Davis (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (1), Ryan Schimpf 4 (4), Kevin Ahrens (1), Adam Lind (5)
    CS - Rajai Davis (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Eric Thames 1
    DP - Ahrens-Schimpf-Talley, Opitz-Talley
    E - Kevin Ahrens (1, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Schimpf 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Henderson Alvarez (W,3-0) 4833101 3.00
    Kyle Drabek (S,1) 5553321 3.72
    Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 24-20, Kyle Drabek 39-26
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 7-4, Kyle Drabek 9-5
    Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 20, Kyle Drabek 24
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5171
    Game Time - 3:05
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Eric Loveless, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott