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Detroit at Toronto

Encarnacion homers, Blue Jays beat Tigers 9-4

By JEFF ODOM
Associated Press
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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Colby Rasmus drove in two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 on Saturday.

Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes left the game after the third inning due to tightness in his left hamstring. Reyes said his exit was just a precaution and insisted that he is fine.

Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and an RBI for the Tigers.

Encarnacion connected off Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein in a five-run first inning, which included a solo shot to right field by Moises Sierra and an RBI double from Melky Cabrera. It was Encarnacion's third home run of the spring.

Encarnacion finished 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.

If you look at it, our regulars have been getting a lot of hits all spring,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''We haven't necessarily been scoring a lot of runs, but lately we have. But, top guys are swinging the bats pretty good. We're kind of starting to put it together a little bit these last few days.''

Tigers outfield prospect Ezequiel Carrera homered and Tyler Collins hit a two-run double against Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond in the sixth inning.

Redmond, a candidate for the fifth spot in the Blue Jays' rotation, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out eight in six innings.

STARTING TIME

Blue Jays: Gibbons said Redmond was outstanding during his first five innings, but thought fatigue settled in when the right-hander gave up four runs - three earned - in the sixth.

''We tried to stretch him out a little bit, but you look at his first few innings, he was dominating,'' Gibbons said. ''He had a real good splitter, nice little slider and was spotting the ball pretty good.''

Tigers: Lobstein yielded seven hits with five runs, one walk and four strikeouts in three innings.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the left-hander lost command too many times when he was behind in counts, which led to trouble.

''He was just getting behind, I think,'' Ausmus said. ''Command's a big part of his game. When he gets behind, it tends to be a little more painful.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Gibbons said he doesn't have any worries about Reyes, despite the three-time All-Star's history with leg problems.

Reyes has landed on the disabled list five times in his career with hamstring injuries, most notably with the New York Mets in 2009 when he missed all but 36 games.

For now, though, Gibbons said he is not going to dwell on it.

''Zero (concern), right now,'' he said. ''If he hasn't played a week from now, we've got a lot of concerns.''

Infielder Maicer Izturis felt better, but was given the day off after fouling two pitches off his ankle on Friday against Tampa Bay.

Tigers: Left fielder Rajai Davis missed his fifth straight game with a sore right hamstring. Ausmus said Davis participated in running drills for the second straight day and could return on Monday against Pittsburgh.

DON'T RULE OUT VIZQUEL

With shortstop Jose Iglesias out for the season because of stress fractures in his legs, Ausmus joked that he may need to convince Tigers first base coach and former major league shortstop Omar Vizquel to come out of retirement.

Ausmus said he's actually spoken with the 46-year-old Vizquel about the possibility and thinks the 10-time Gold Glove Award winner could play on a temporary basis if he wanted to.

''He could probably do it part-time, to be honest with you. But then I'd have to go find a first base coach,'' Ausmus said with a laugh. ''I don't know if he could play 150 games, but he could probably be a platoon shortstop if he got himself in shape. He certainly still has the hands.''

Vizquel played 24 seasons with the Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays before retiring in 2012.

SANCHEZ THROWS

Ausmus said starter Anibal Sanchez did not have any issues after his bullpen session on Saturday morning.

Barring an unexpected setback, Sanchez, who has been out with shoulder inflammation, will pitch in a minor league game on Monday in Lakeland.

''Everything went well,'' Ausmus said. ''We just want to see how he feels tomorrow; see how he bounces back. But if he's fine in the morning, we'll stay on schedule for Monday starting on the minor league side.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Blue Jays optioned right-hander Aaron Sanchez, first baseman Dan Johnson and outfielder Kevin Pillar to minor league camp.

 
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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Victor Martinez, C3010010 .294
   Hernan Perez, PR-2B2110002 .225
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B3100000 .231
   Bryan Holaday, C1000001 .219
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2001010 .359
   Trevor Crowe, RF1000000 .156
Don Kelly, RF3110020 .324
   Jeff Holm, 1B1000000 .000
Tyler Collins, LF3012100 .282
Nick Castellanos, 3B3000012 .373
   Wade Gaynor, 3B1000000 .000
Eugenio Suarez, DH3010011 .212
   a-Luis Exposito, PH-DH0000100 .100
Danny Worth, SS4000023 .300
Ezequiel Carrera, CF3111000 .216
   Marcus Lemon, CF1010000 .500
Kyle Lobstein, P0000000 .000
   Jhan Marinez, P0000000 .000
   Patrick McCoy, P0000000 .000
   Luke Putkonen, P0000000 .000
   Corey Knebel, P0000000 .000
   Josh Turley, P0000000 .000
Totals3447428  
a-walked for Suarez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (3, Redmond), Hernan Perez (2, Delabar), Don Kelly (5, Redmond), Tyler Collins (3, Redmond)
HR - Ezequiel Carrera (1, Redmond)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (2)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (8), Tyler Collins 2 (7), Ezequiel Carrera (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
DP - Crowe-Holaday
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lobstein (L,0-1) 3855142 7.11
Jhan Marinez 1111210 8.44
Patrick McCoy 1200010 0.00
Luke Putkonen 1322000 1.59
Corey Knebel 1000010 0.00
Josh Turley 1311000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lobstein 30-26, Jhan Marinez 14-6, Patrick McCoy 7-7, Luke Putkonen 6-6, Corey Knebel 5-5, Josh Turley 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lobstein 2-3, Jhan Marinez 1-1, Patrick McCoy 1-1, Luke Putkonen 2-1, Corey Knebel 1-1, Josh Turley 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lobstein 18, Jhan Marinez 6, Patrick McCoy 5, Luke Putkonen 6, Corey Knebel 3, Josh Turley 5
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS2110000 .255
   Jonathan Diaz, SS-3B-LF2110100 .125
Melky Cabrera, LF4131002 .434
   a-Anthony Gose, PH-RF1000010 .258
Jose Bautista, RF2220200 .390
   Munenori Kawasaki, 3B1000000 .222
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4223005 .320
   Steve Tolleson, 1B1110000 .304
Brett Lawrie, 3B4001014 .318
   Chris Getz, 2B1010000 .286
Moises Sierra, DH2111010 .256
   b-Adam Lind, PH-DH3011014 .375
Colby Rasmus, CF5022012 .242
Josh Thole, C4020002 .227
   Mike Nickeas, C0000000 .000
Ryan Goins, 2B-SS4000023 .180
Todd Redmond, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Ybarra, P0000000 .000
Totals40917937  
a-struck out for Cabrera in the 7th
b-struck out for Sierra in the 4th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (3, Lobstein), Melky Cabrera 2 (8, Lobstein), Edwin Encarnacion (5, Putkonen), Colby Rasmus (3, Lobstein), Josh Thole (1, Lobstein)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (3, Lobstein), Moises Sierra (2, Lobstein)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (9), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (9), Brett Lawrie (7), Moises Sierra (3), Adam Lind (7), Colby Rasmus 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Jonathan Diaz (3, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Todd Redmond (W,2-1) 6543181 5.40
Steve Delabar (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Aaron Loup (H,3) 1000000 5.40
Tyler Ybarra 1100100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 48-43, Steve Delabar 4-4, Aaron Loup 3-3, Tyler Ybarra 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 6-5, Steve Delabar 1-2, Aaron Loup 2-1, Tyler Ybarra 2-1
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 25, Steve Delabar 4, Aaron Loup 3, Tyler Ybarra 5
Game Information
Attendance - 5545
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Shaun Lampe, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Will Little