Detroit 18, Atlanta 3: Tigers bomb Braves for 9 HR

Miguel Cabrera made one error at third, and went 0-for-3 in the game. But let's keep the worrying to a minimum, OK?


Final - 3.4.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
3 9 1
Detroit Tigers 4 2 5 0 6 0 1 0 x 18 14 2
WP: Max Scherzer (1-0)
LP: Randall Delgado (0 - 1)

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It was like Oprah visited Joker Marchant Stadium on Sunday.

Alex Avila, YOU get a home run!

Ryan Raburn, YOU get a home run! AND a grand slam!

Brennan Boesch, YOU get a home run!

Prince Fielder, YOU get a home run!

Delmon Young, YOU get a home run!

Jhonny Peralta, YOU get a home run!

Oh what the heck, Austin Jackson, YOU get a home run!

Danny Worth, YOU get a home run!

Several good jokes were made about the Tigers bombing (Julio) Teheran. Atlanta's right-hander allowed six of the nine long balls.

For whatever reason, the home run fairy wasn't as kind to the Braves. In fact, the run fairy was downright stingy, period. Maybe the wind only gusted out of Joker Marchant Stadium in the bottom half of each inning. Maybe the Tigers pitchers had something to do with it. Maybe it was the Braves batters. Who knows. It's spring training.

In case you're wondering, Fielder finally failed to reach base after going 3-for-3 with two walks to open the Grapefruit season. Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 to remain hitless.

Max Scherzer made his first start of spring training, going two scoreless innings, and allowing three hits and a walk. Fifth-starter candidate also tossed two scoreless, and both Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde had near-clean slates. (Valverde gave up a baserunner on an error, and Dotel hit a batter.)

Detroit hosts Toronto on Monday. The game is scheduled to air on 97.1 FM in the Detroit area.

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