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The veteran manager's timing was perfect.
Cabrera and Fielder each hit a long home run later that night, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4. Fielder's third-inning solo shot landed near the No. 42 honoring Jackie Robinson on the brick facade beyond the wall in right-center field. Cabrera's three-run homer the following inning came down below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in left-center at Comerica Park.
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"I just kind of let `em play, stay out of their way. ... I think that's what you're supposed to do," Leyland said. "We're very fortunate, obviously, to have both of them."
Detroit's Max Scherzer (5-0) allowed four runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out seven without a walk.
Corey Kluber (2-2) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Tigers trailed 1-0 before Alex Avila's two-run double in the second. Torii Hunter drove home Avila with a single to right, although he was tagged out near first base on the throw back to the infield for the last out of the inning -- preventing another run from scoring on the play.
Fielder's homer went an estimated 460 feet -- according to a Tigers' spokesman, who cited ESPN Stats and Info.
"That was unbelievable," Cabrera said. "Every time he goes to the plate, it's like we expect he's going to hit the ball so far, because we know what kind of power he has."
Detroit broke the game open in the bottom half. With one out, Infante hit his second double of the game and took third on Austin Jackson's single. After Hunter struck out, Cabrera hit his seventh homer of the year. The defending Triple Crown Winner has 40 RBI in 33 games in 2013.
"When you get RBI, that means people are on base, obviously," Leyland said. "We've done a good job of that for him, and he's taken advantage of that."
Avila had three RBIs on Friday -- his fifth-inning single scored Peralta to make it 8-2.
"I made too many mistakes with the cutter," Kluber said. "I left one over the plate to Cabrera, and they got a couple more hits off that exact same pitch."
Scherzer's previous start was Detroit's 17-2 victory over Houston last weekend. He received plenty of support this time, too, and he retired eight in a row after Swisher's triple.
"That's one of the best pitchers in the game, and we got four runs off him, so that's pretty good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He just pounds the strike zone and then he's got the wipe-out changeup, so you aren't going to get much off him without scratching and clawing. I wish we had gotten 10 off him, but that's not too likely."
Cleveland, which entered the day with a major league-leading 49 homers, didn't hit any Friday. The Indians did scratch out a couple runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Mark Reynolds and a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley.
Dirks hit a solo homer down the line in right in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-4, and Victor Martinez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth.
|Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer lands right below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in Comerica Park. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.306|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Nick Swisher, DH||4||2||3||1||0||1||0||.275|
|Carlos Santana, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.354|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||2||0||.283|
|Michael Brantley, LF||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.296|
|Drew Stubbs, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.227|
|2B - Jason Kipnis (5, Scherzer), Nick Swisher (7, Scherzer), Carlos Santana (10, Scherzer)|
|3B - Nick Swisher (1, Scherzer)|
|SF - Michael Brantley (1)|
|RBI - Nick Swisher (13), Carlos Santana (16), Mark Reynolds (30), Michael Brantley (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (7)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1|
|E - Lonnie Chisenhall (3, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Santana (1, Dropped fly)|
|Corey Kluber (L,2-2)||4.2||11||8||8||2||4||2||5.64|
|WP - Matt Albers (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 91-55, Bryan Shaw 13-10, Nick Hagadone 14-9, Rich Hill 21-12, Matt Albers 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 1-8, Bryan Shaw 1-0, Matt Albers 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Bryan Shaw 4, Nick Hagadone 2, Rich Hill 4, Matt Albers 6|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||2||1||0||1||1||4||.281|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||0||1||1||0||1||3||.338|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||1||2||3||0||2||2||.382|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.298|
|Victor Martinez, DH||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.218|
|Andy Dirks, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.244|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||2||2||0||0||2||1||.323|
|Alex Avila, C||4||1||2||3||0||2||0||.202|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.319|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera (9, Shaw), Jhonny Peralta 2 (8, Kluber, Kluber), Alex Avila (2, Kluber), Omar Infante 2 (5, Kluber, Kluber)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (7, Kluber), Prince Fielder (9, Kluber), Andy Dirks (3, Hill)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter (17), Miguel Cabrera 3 (40), Prince Fielder (33), Victor Martinez (15), Andy Dirks (8), Alex Avila 3 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (5), Miguel Cabrera 3 (21), Victor Martinez (5), Alex Avila (1)|
|SB - Andy Dirks (4, 2nd base off Kluber/Santana)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1|
|Max Scherzer (W,5-0)||8||5||4||4||0||7||0||3.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 103-69, Joaquin Benoit 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-10|
|Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 29, Joaquin Benoit 3|
|Attendance - 37547|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|