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Tigers 15: Orioles 2: Yoenis Cespedes belts grand slam as Detroit routs birds

The Tigers won their home opening game of spring training against the Orioles in blowout fashion, which was capped by a Yoenis Cespedes grand slam.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers dominated their Grapefruit League home opener, as the first seven pitchers shut out the Orioles through eight innings before Baltimore broke through against the final one. The combined offensive efforts included 10 hits, a triple and three home runs, one a Yoenis Cespedes grand slam, leading Detroit to a 15-2 victory.

Starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein threw two innings and allowed two hits, a single and a double. Tom Gorzelanny made his pitching debut for the Tigers and gave them a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Joe Nathan had two quick outs before he allowed back-to-back singles in the fifth inning. A passed ball put runners at second and third base but a sharp flyout that landed in the glove of Daniel Fields ended the threat.

The Tigers put up seven runs in the second inning, which comprised two hit batters, a walk, wild pitch and a bunt. The clobbering was capped off by a three-run home run by Ian Kinsler with one out after Alex Avila was hit by a pitch. Nick Castellanos, the first batter in the inning, was struck on the left hand and stayed in the game for the half-inning. However, he was taken out of the game once the inning concluded.

The fourth inning was equally interesting, which featured another hit batter. After back-to-back walks started the inning, Ian Kinsler was plunked high in the back of the shoulder blades by O's pitcher Oliver Drake. Cespedes then belted a grand slam well into the left field berm, giving the Tigers an 11-0 lead.

Anthony Gose nailed a stand-up triple in the sixth inning, scoring a run, and in the seventh Aaron Westlake belted a three-run homer to make it 15-0 in favor of the Tigers. The Orioles would get two in the nine, the only blemish in the game, which was given up by Alex Wilson.


Castellanos underwent an x-ray after he was hit by a pitch, but the results came back negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a left hand contusion (bruise). There were some busted blood vessels, but nothing else and Castellanos reported he felt fine after being hit. Avila and Kinsler both reported they were also alright after being hit.

Avila played for an extended period of time (four innings) because his wife is due to give birth to their second child on Wednesday. As he will be taking three days off, Avila was getting some extra work in while he could. He is expected to return on Saturday, following three days of paternity leave.