Tigers maul Richmond, Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers met Thursday in a Grapefruit League matinee that served as a final preview of what to expect Opening Day.
Brandon Inge belted a two-run home run and Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays 8-5 at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Carlos Guillen and Placido Polanco had the other runs batted in for the Tigers (14-16-1), who open the regular season at Toronto on Monday (7:05 p.m. ET).
Cabrera, Guillen and Magglio Ordonez smacked two hits apiece in support of Detroit starter Eddie Bonine, who issued one walk in two scoreless innings.
Jon Huber (1-0) earned the win in relief.
Toronto starter Scott Richmond (0-2) lasted six innings, permitting six runs on nine hits.
Richmond, from North Vancouver, B.C., struck out four batters and walked one.
"He didn't throw too bad," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He needs to get his control down."
Alex Rios cranked a three-run home run and Aaron Hill also homered for the Blue Jays (12-17-2).
Scott Rolen had the other RBI, and Travis Snider collected three hits to raise his batting average to .421 this spring.
Toronto concludes the Grapefruit League schedule with a pair of games against the Florida Marlins at Jupiter, Fla.
With files from the Canadian Press