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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.
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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. We're 2-0," 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."
Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year deal with Detroit in the offseason, adding another big bat to a lineup that already included Cabrera. Beckett (0-1) was no match Saturday. Cabrera opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center, and Fielder added a solo homer in the fourth to the same part of the ballpark.
Cabrera and Fielder then hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.
"I'm just trying to get better and just watch him," Fielder said. "He's aggressive yet he still walks. That's not easy to do. ... Hopefully I can be as good as him when I grow up."
Avila hit a two-run homer for the Tigers.
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."
Cabrera's second homer -- in the bottom of that inning -- was originally ruled a double when it appeared the ball may have taken an odd bounce under the fence in left-center after hitting it near the top. After a review, the umpires ruled the ball cleared the top.
There was no doubt about Fielder's second shot, a line drive over the wall in right that made it 7-0.
Beckett went to Cleveland earlier in the week to get a second opinion on a thumb injury, but he made his start as scheduled. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, and the five homers he gave up equaled a career high.
Beckett said the thumb wasn't an issue.
"Too many pitches in the middle of the plate. They hit a changeup, a cutter, two sinkers and a fastball, and every one was down the middle of the plate," he said. "Everything I threw hard went down the middle, and Fielder even hit a changeup that went down the middle."
Fister was much sharper, allowing three hits and a walk and striking out three in 3 2/3 innings, but he had to be pulled because of his injury. Below, who nearly won a job as Detroit's fifth starter during spring training, came in and allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
Octavio Dotel relieved Below and set a record by appearing in a game for his 13th franchise. Dotel signed with the Tigers after helping St. Louis to a World Series title last year.
Boston manager Bobby Valentine was managing the Mets when Dotel began his career with them in 1999.
"I guess I was his first team, right?" Valentine said. "I credit it to a lot of great sliders and staying healthy for a long time."
Austin Jackson, whose ninth-inning single gave Detroit a 3-2 win over Boston on Thursday, drove home a run with a sixth-inning grounder. Detroit scored two more in the seventh after Saltalamacchia - the Boston catcher - threw wildly to first on what could have been an inning-ending double play.
|Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both homer twice off Josh Beckett as the Tigers pound the Red Sox. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.143|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.429|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|b- Kelly Shoppach, PH-DH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.571|
|Cody Ross, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Mike Aviles, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|a-struck out for Ellsbury in the 8th|
|b-singled for Ortiz in the 9th|
|2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Fister)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Youkilis-Pedroia-Gonzalez|
|E - Mike Aviles (1, Misplayed grounder), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Josh Beckett (L,0-1)||4.2||7||7||7||1||3||5||13.50|
|HBP - Fielder (by Matt Albers)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 83-59, Scott Atchison 20-13, Matt Albers 15-8, Justin Thomas 10-6, Michael Bowden 10-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-6, Scott Atchison 3-1, Matt Albers 2-0, Michael Bowden 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 23, Scott Atchison 6, Matt Albers 5, Justin Thomas 2, Michael Bowden 3|
|Austin Jackson, CF||3||1||1||1||2||1||0||.500|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.000|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||2||2||3||0||1||1||.333|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||2||2||2||0||0||0||.500|
|Don Kelly, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Delmon Young, LF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Avila, C||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.500|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.571|
|Andy Dirks, DH||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B-LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.125|
|2B - Austin Jackson (1, Beckett)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera 2 (2, Beckett, Beckett), Prince Fielder 2 (2, Beckett, Beckett), Alex Avila (1, Beckett)|
|RBI - Austin Jackson (2), Miguel Cabrera 3 (3), Prince Fielder 2 (3), Alex Avila 2 (3), Andy Dirks (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (1), Prince Fielder (1), Andy Dirks (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Raburn-Fielder, Peralta-Santiago-Kelly|
|Duane Below (W,1-0)||2.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 53-29, Duane Below 29-21, Octavio Dotel 22-12, Phil Coke 14-7, Joaquin Benoit 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 5-2, Duane Below 2-3, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Doug Fister 14, Duane Below 8, Octavio Dotel 5, Phil Coke 3, Joaquin Benoit 4|
|Attendance - 44710|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dale Scott|