Ubaldo, Orioles aim for better spring results

Ubaldo, Orioles aim for better spring results

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes' first hit as a Tiger, a fourth-inning grand slam, was one of three Detroit home runs amidst a flurry of walks and four hit batters during a wild Grapefruit League opener for Orioles pitching in a 15-2 Detroit win on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tigers scored more runs in eight innings Tuesday than they scored in last October's three-game American League Division Series sweep by the Orioles. None of them count toward Detroit's end goal, of course, but it provided at least a glimpse of the offensive energy the team added in the offseason in an effort to rebound in 2015.

Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez threw what looked very much like an early spring outing, even with his history of command struggles. He retired four batters amidst two hits, but paid dearly for two walks, two hit batters, a throwing error and a run-scoring wild pitch.

"I don't want to say I lost control, because I had pretty good command of the fastball," Jimenez said. "I let a couple slip, two-seam fastballs to hitters, and then I made a mistake with a slider, probably the only one that I threw. I felt good."

Jordan Lennerton, Detroit's seventh batter of the game, was just the second to put a ball play. He lined an RBI single through the middle to open the scoring before Rajai Davis singled in two more runs.

Jimenez threw 24 of 42 pitches for strikes. Ian Kinsler greeted reliever Chris Jones with a three-run homer to make it a seven-run second inning. Cespedes' fourth-inning drive down the left-field line and up the berm came after Oliver Drake, who loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter, nearly hit Cespedes.

Aaron Westlake, who's sharing first-base duties with Lennerton while Miguel Cabrera rehabs his surgically repaired right foot, added a three-run homer in the sixth.

Kyle Lobstein, Detroit's late-season find to help fill its rotation last year but on the outside of the Tigers' rotation picture for now, tossed two scoreless innings on two hits with one strikeout. Joe Nathan gave up two singles in the fifth and saw a tape-measure drive from Christian Walker land foul over the berm, but he finished a scoreless inning with a lineout to left.

Up next: The Tigers and Orioles will meet again on Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla., to finish off the home-and-home series with a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Ed Smith Stadium on Gameday Audio. Kevin Gausman will make his first start of the spring for the O's, and Anibal Sanchez, whose Spring Training last year became a collection of rainouts and shoulder concerns, will start for Detroit.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.