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Cabrera's 2,000th career hit a homer as Tigers stomp O's

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DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera reached another milestone in powerful fashion: a four-hit day highlighted by a home run for his 2,000th hit.

"I never expected I was going to hit 1,000 hits," the 30-year-old slugger said after the game. "I never expect something personal. I expect to go out there and ... try to find a way to help my teammates."

Cabrera capped his big day with an eighth-inning homer, and the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. Cabrera's two-run drive made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.

"Miguel and I have combined for over 3,000," said Brad Ausmus, the former catcher who is now Detroit's manager. "We're a Hall of Famer, combined."

Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter also homered for the Tigers. Drew Smyly (1-0) relieved Anibal Sanchez after a fourth-inning rain delay and pitched three scoreless innings.

Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Baltimore arrived in Detroit in the wee hours of the morning after a night game at home Thursday. The Orioles looked fine while scoring two runs in the first against Sanchez, but Gonzalez couldn't hold the lead for long.

"Obviously, we were facing a lot of challenges today, including a few that I hope we don't have to face very often," Showalter said. "When you are playing on 3 hours of sleep, it makes it tough, but that's what happens when you are playing so many day games at this time of the year."

Gonzalez allowed two doubles, a single and a walk and hit two batters in the second, allowing Detroit to score three runs. Rookie Nick Castellanos hit an RBI double and, after a run-scoring single by Ian Kinsler tied the game, the Tigers went ahead when Davis scored on a wild pitch.

After singles by Castellanos and Andrew Romine to start the Detroit fourth, the game was delayed by rain with Davis batting. When play resumed, the Orioles left Gonzalez in, and Davis made it 6-2 with a three-run homer.

More known for his speed than his power, Davis had a chance to trot around the bases slowly this time.

"That actually felt comfortable," he said. "I wouldn't mind getting used to that."

Gonzalez allowed a solo shot to Hunter later that inning and was pulled.

Cabrera's RBI single in the sixth added another Detroit run, and his first homer of the season made it 10-2.

"What else can you say about Miguel as a hitter? Eventually you run out of adjectives," Ausmus said. "I've only been here for a short period of time, and I'm already running out of words to describe him."

Detroit won its first two games against Kansas City, and the series finale Thursday was rained out. The postponement caused Detroit to push its starting rotation back a day, meaning Smyly's start Saturday would be skipped.

The Tigers needed him Friday, as it turned out. Sanchez allowed two runs and two hits in four innings, walking three and striking out three. Smyly pitched out of a jam in the fifth when an unsuccessful replay challenge by the Tigers left men at first and second with no outs. The Orioles couldn't capitalize.

Chris Davis hit a two-run double in the first for Baltimore.

Notes

The game was delayed 10 minutes at the start and 34 minutes in the fourth on a chilly day. The temperature at game time was 42 degrees ... Orioles SS J.J. Hardy sat out because of light spasms in his lower back. ... Tigers LHP Ian Krol, acquired from Washington for Doug Fister in the offseason, made his Detroit debut with a scoreless eighth. Steve Lombardozzi, who also went to Detroit in that deal, was then traded to Baltimore shortly before the start of the season. He started at 2B for the Orioles on Friday and singled twice. ... Lombardozzi was called safe at second on a force play in the fifth when Romine, the SS, lost control of the ball. The call was upheld after a Detroit challenge. ... Detroit RHP Rick Porcello faces Baltimore RHP Bud Norris on Saturday.

 
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Miguel Cabrera doesn't mind the cold weather. He knocks four hits, including this eighth-inning home run.  (USATSI)
Miguel Cabrera doesn't mind the cold weather. He knocks four hits, including this eighth-inning home run. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF5000002 .167
David Lough, LF3110002 .143
   a-Steve Pearce, PH-LF2000012 .000
Adam Jones, CF3100111 .231
Chris Davis, 1B3012112 .231
Nelson Cruz, DH2110201 .250
Steve Clevenger, C4111004 .250
Jonathan Schoop, 3B4011012 .182
Ryan Flaherty, SS4000033 .000
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4020010 .429
Miguel Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
Totals3447448  
a-struck out for Lough in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (2, Sanchez)
3B - Steve Clevenger (1, Chamberlain)
RBI - Chris Davis 2 (2), Steve Clevenger (1), Jonathan Schoop (1)
SB - David Lough (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1, David Lough 1
DP - Stephen Lombardo-Flaherty-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (L,0-1) 3.1977112 18.90
Josh Stinson 2.2411000 2.45
Ryan Webb 1.2422011 15.43
Tommy Hunter 0.1000010 0.00
WP - Miguel Gonzalez (1)
HBP - Davis (by Miguel Gonzalez), Castellanos (by Josh Stinson)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 78-46, Josh Stinson 42-29, Ryan Webb 26-17, Tommy Hunter 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 2-5, Josh Stinson 5-2, Ryan Webb 4-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 20, Josh Stinson 12, Ryan Webb 9, Tommy Hunter 1
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5121000 .357
Torii Hunter, RF4231000 .250
   Tyler Collins, RF0000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5143002 .417
   Don Kelly, 1B0000000 .000
Victor Martinez, DH5010003 .231
Austin Jackson, CF5130002 .417
Alex Avila, C4100112 .125
Nick Castellanos, 3B3121000 .400
Andrew Romine, SS4110022 .250
Rajai Davis, LF3213001 .167
Anibal Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   Drew Smyly, P0000000 .000
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
Totals381017913  
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (2, M. Gonzalez), Nick Castellanos (1, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Torii Hunter (1, M. Gonzalez), Miguel Cabrera (1, Webb), Rajai Davis (1, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (3), Torii Hunter (1), Miguel Cabrera 3 (3), Nick Castellanos (1), Rajai Davis 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (2)
SB - Victor Martinez (1, 2nd base off Stinson/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Romine
E - Andrew Romine (1, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 4222330 4.50
Drew Smyly (W,1-0) 3100130 0.00
Ian Krol 1000010 0.00
Joba Chamberlain 1422010 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 69-44, Drew Smyly 51-30, Ian Krol 10-9, Joba Chamberlain 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-5, Drew Smyly 3-3, Ian Krol 1-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 17, Drew Smyly 11, Ian Krol 3, Joba Chamberlain 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23625
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale