LAKELAND, Fla. (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – A two-run shot by Prince Fielder put the Tigers on top for an inning, at least, until the Blue Jay bats warmed up under the Florida sun.
Miguel Cabrera followed Fielder’s lead a hit a solo homer in the third to tie the score at 3-all but that was all the Tigers would get as Toronto when on the offense.
Three big innings for Toronto put the Detroit Tigers on the losing side of the story falling 10-3 to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The revamped Blue Jays won their exhibition opener as John Gibbons began his second stint as Toronto’s manager.
Bruce Rondon struck out J.P. Arencibia and Josh Thole to escape a fifth-inning jam for Detroit. The 22-year-old Rondon has never pitched in the big leagues, but the hard-throwing right-hander could be the Tigers’ closer this season after they let Jose Valverde go.
Toronto outfielders Mike McCoy and Ryan Langerhans were both shaken up after colliding on a flyball in the seventh inning.
With the bases loaded, Detroit’s Jeff Kobernus lifted a fly to medium right-center. McCoy came over from center field, and just as the ball arrived, he ran into Langerhans, who was playing right. They both stayed down for a bit, and other Toronto fielders quickly went out to check on them.
It wasn’t clear at first if either of them made the catch, raising the possibility of an inside-the-park grand slam, but the play was ruled a flyout to right.
Langerhans stayed in the game. McCoy got up and was able to walk toward the clubhouse.
The Detroit Tigers take on the Phillys Sunday – first pitch at 1:05 p.m. Get all the updates on 97.1 The Ticket.
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