Cespedes starts Tigers tenure with grand slam

Cespedes starts Tigers tenure with grand slam

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Seven years after Miguel Cabrera marked his Tigers debut in Spring Training with a home run, Yoenis Cespedes' first hit in a Detroit uniform also had a similar impact. He drove a grand slam down the left-field line in the fourth inning of the Tigers' 15-2 victory against the Orioles on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

"He's a strong man, so he will do that once in a while," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Hopefully he does it often. It was a good first day."

The Tigers scored 11 runs on just four hits over the first four innings, thanks to three hit batters and a handful of walks. Two of the hits, however, landed on the left-field berm. The biggest came from Cespedes, who nearly became the fourth batter hit instead.

Outlook: Cespedes, LF, DET

Orioles right-hander Oliver Drake loaded the bases with two walks and a pitch that hit Ian Kinsler, who hit a three-run homer in the second, between his shoulders. Drake then missed up and inside on Cespedes, who backed out of the path. Drake found the strike zone, but Cespedes was waiting and pulled the ball on line toward the corner and out of the ballpark.

It was Cespedes' second game in a Tigers uniform. He started and batted once on Monday in the Tigers' exhibition win over Florida Southern College.

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.