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Cabrera's two homers lead Tigers over Cards 17-5

Monday, March 10, 2014 | 8:56 p.m. CDT
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller walks off the mound as he's relieved after giving up a two-run home run to Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday in Jupiter, Fla.

JUPITER, Fla. — Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2/3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.

"You feel like this could happen every day," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Obviously it won't, but it could."

Scherzer, a former Missouri standout, allowed two hits and a walk.

"Right now I'm very sharp," Scherzer said. "Usually it takes a while to get all the pitches going. Right now I feel very good about where all my pitches are at — all four. I was generating swings and misses on all four of them."

St. Louis pitchers allowed double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.

Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fourth. Prospect Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, his first of spring training.

Miller gave up two runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings, while Lee Stoppelman gave up five runs and five hits while getting just two outs. Tyler Lyons also got just two outs, allowing seven runs and six hits.

"I felt like my fastball command wasn't near as good as I wanted it to be, but you're going to have days where you are a little off," Miller said. "Obviously, I didn't want to give up any runs, but at the same time, I felt good. I thought I am getting better out there."

Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay are battling to become the Cardinals' starting centerfielder. On Monday they were both in the starting lineup for the first time this spring training. Bourjos covered plenty of ground in center and went 2 for 2, while Jay played right field and went 0 for 2 with a walk.


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