Tigers 8, Yankees 3: Prince Fielder's 2 HR, 5 RBI lift Detroit in home opener

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers had a blast in their 2013 home opener at Comerica Park

Prince Fielder had a pair of home runs and 5 RBI, Alex Avila added a bomb of his own, and the Tigers beat the Yankees 8-3 on Opening Day in Detroit.

That certainly helped answer a question or two fans had to be asking: Where's the offense? Where are the home runs? The Tigers scored just eight runs across their opening three games in Minnesota. While the bullpen was making noise, few may have noticed it if the Tigers had actually scored more than a trickle of runs during the second and third games.

Both of Fielder's shots went to right field -- the first apparently knocking out a fan in the first or second row, and the latter shot flying rather deep into the stands.

Doug Fister got the start for Detroit, but looked a bit shaky with his command and even knocked New York shortstop Eduardo Nunez from the game with a wild pitch. Fister allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. Kevin Youkalis accounted for two of the runs with a home run to left-center.

Drew Smyly rebounded from his Opening Day struggles against the Twins with four innings of 12-up-and-12-down ball. Smyly struck out five, needing 50 pitches total, and also earned the save.

Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter and Omar Infante all had two-hit days. Jackson led off the first with a single and has now reached base in the first inning of all four games.

Tigers fans were certainly happy to welcome their 2012 American League champions home, too. The team set a Opening Day record of 45,051, which also marked the second highest attendance in park history.

The teams meet again on Fox Saturday Baseball at 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday.

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