Miguel Cabrera hits first spring homer in Detroit Tigers’ 3-1 win over Pirates

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, on Saturday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Arena, enhancing to 8-10 in Grapefruit League play.

What occurred

Left-hander Matthew Boyd began and pitched 4 innings. He developed to 80 pitches (51 strikes) and appears on track to begin the very first or 2nd video game of the routine season. Boyd permitted one work on 4 hits and one walk, setting out 5 en path to a 2.08 PERIOD throughout 4 getaways this spring. Veteran Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the scoreboard with an opposite-field homer; fellow (albit less-heralded) slugger Renato Nunez — looking for an area on the lineup — doubled in the group’s 2nd run 2 innings later on. Nunez included an RBI single to left field in the 8th. Cabrera has actually a .185 batting average through 11 video games in camp. The Tigers set out 5 times andcollected 6 hits.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd delivers during the first inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Detroit Tigers beginning pitcher Matthew Boyd provides throughout the very first inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

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Boyd leaned greatly on his slider, utilizing it 28 times. Although he didn’t get a swing-and-miss with his slider, it produced 9 called strikes. He likewise tossed 29 four-seam fastballs, 15 changeups, 5 sinkers and 3 curveballs. Boyd got 5 whiffs: 3 with his four-seamer and 2 with his changeup. Beyond his toolbox, the veteran lefty revealed some athleticism by selecting off 2 runners. His fastball balanced 91.7 miles per hour and reached 93.5 miles per hour. Through 13 innings this spring, Boyd has 13 strikeouts and 5 strolls.

At the plate

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera watches his solo home run, his first of the spring, off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Tyler Anderson during the fourth inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera views his solo crowning achievement, his very first of the spring, off Pittsburgh Pirates beginning pitcher Tyler Anderson throughout the 4th inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

The Tigers were coming off 2 video games with one run scored integrated. They weren’t far better Saturday, however their 3 runs sufficed to slip past the Pirates. Cabrera opened the scoring in the 4th inning with a homer to connect the video game, and Nunez drove an RBI double to center field in the 6th inning for a 2-1 lead. Cabrera, entering his 19th season, sent his very first homer of spring training 361 feet to right; it leapt off his bat at 98.8 miles per hour. Cabrera and Nunez gathered 3 of the Tigers’ 6 overall hits. The others were gotten by Robbie Grossman (double), Wilson Ramos (single) and Greg Garcia (single).

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On the mound

Left-hander Tyler Alexander tossed a scoreless 5th and 6th innings. As anticipated, he filled the strike zone, with 16 of his 19 pitches choosing strikes. Yet he just got one strikeout. His pitch-to-contact technique permitted 2 hits however no strolls. Right-hander Joe Jimenez went into in the seventh inning and reached the mid-90s with his fastball while getting 3 called strikes with his slider. Righty Dollar Farmer worked himself into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 8th, thanks to 2 strolls and one single, however he got away unharmed with a groundout. Bryan Garcia permitted 2 runners in the ninth however got a double play off an acrobatic catch and toss from Greg Garcia. The right-hander set out Troy Stokes Jr. — a previous Tiger — to end the video game.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Cole Tucker (3) is tagged out at home plate by Detroit Tigers catcher Wilson Ramos during the second inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Cole Tucker (3) is tagged out in the house plate by Detroit Tigers catcher Wilson Ramos throughout the 2nd inning in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

3 stars

1. Boyd, 2. Nunez, 3. Cabrera.

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Evan Petzold is a sports press reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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