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JUPITER, Fla. — Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2/3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers’ 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made it 17-0 on Steven Moya’s two-run double in the eighth.
“You feel like this could happen every day,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “Obviously it won’t, but it could.”
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
“Right now I’m very sharp,” Scherzer said. “Usually it takes a while to get all the pitches going. Right now I feel very good about where all my pitches are at — all four. I was generating swings and misses on all four of them.”
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fourth. Prospect Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, his first of spring training.
STARTING TIME: Justin Verlander is set to make his first start of spring training today against Toronto after recording from core muscle repair surgery. His first scheduled start was rained out, and Verlander opted to throw in a batting cage.
TRAINER’S ROOM: Ausmus said outfielder Andy Dirks’ back surgery was successful. Dirks is expected to need 12 weeks to recover.