The Tiger’s offense had some pop last night with 3 hits apiece for Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in a 10-to-2 romp over the hapless Indians in the opener of a 3-game series atComericaPark. Fielder knocked in four runs and scored twice asDetroitscored in double digits for the first time in more than 2 months. Fielder was 3-for-4 with his 18th home run of the year. Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for the Tigers, who were coming off a Wednesday night win atBostonthat ended a 3-and-6 road trip. Anibal Sanchez gave up one earned and one unearned run in six-plus innings for his first win withDetroit. The Tigers feasted on Justin Masterson, who allowed seven runs in four-and-a-third frames with Cleveland dropping their seventh in-a-row.
Detroit’s lineup last night welcomed the return of outfielder Andy Dirks, who had been out of action since the end of May with a sore right Achilles. Dirks had a pair of hits, including an rbi single. To make room on the roster, outfielder Don Kelly was designated for assignment. The victory over the Indians kept Detroit 2-and-a-half games behind the Central Division leading White Sox, who got by the Angels 8-to-6 in ten innings last night inChicago. And the Cubs lost 6-to-1 to the Dodgers inLos Angeles.