Miggy, Guyer swing hot bats as Rays rout Tigers

Miggy, Guyer swing hot bats as Rays rout Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brandon Guyer's first-inning grand slam and a six-run eighth inning fueled the afternoon for the Rays in an 11-5 win over the Tigers on Friday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Miguel Cabrera wrapped up the Polk County portion of his Spring Training with a two-run homer and an RBI double, helping rally the Tigers back from Guyer's slam, but the Rays pulled away with a flurry of RBI hits off Tigers setup man Al Alburquerque.

Powell's go-ahead single

Tampa Bay worked Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez for 33 pitches in the opening frame, including back-to-back two-out walks from Evan Longoria and James Loney to extend the inning for Guyer. Once Kevin Kiermaier tripled in Jake Elmore in the second inning for a 5-2 lead, seven of Tampa Bay's first 10 hitters had reached base safely.

From there, Sanchez settled down to retire the final 12 Rays he faced, salvaging 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts.

"Really, the last three innings, he was outstanding," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Joakim Soria retired four batters to wrap up his Spring Training with 9 1/3 shutout innings on two hits. Joe Nathan walked and struck out a batter, reaching 94 mph on the stadium radar gun.

Sanchez's recovery gave the Tigers a chance to rally. Cabrera capitalized on a hanging changeup from Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, driving it onto the left-field berm for his third home run in the first, then poked a ground ball inside first base for a double in the third.

Miggy's RBI double

Cabrera improved to 9-for-27 this spring with more than half of his hits going for extra bases. He has eight RBIs in 10 games.

"[Cabrera] has looked stronger, for sure," Ausmus said. "And really, I'm at a point with Miggy that I think he's comfortable at the plate, and he seems to be moving normally. I'm not saying he doesn't have a little bit of soreness now and then, but it doesn't seem to be affecting him too much at this point. I feel very good about where Miggy is physically."

Both times, Cabrera scored Ian Kinsler, who went 3-for-3 with a trio of opposite-field hits, two of them doubles, to raise his Grapefruit League average to .415 (22-for-53).

Kinsler's RBI double

Odorizzi gave up three runs on five hits in four innings with no strikeouts and no walks, closing his spring with a 4.26 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Grant Balfour, who gave up two runs in one frame.

In the fifth, Kinsler's ground-ball double inside first base brought home Jose Iglesias, before Alex Avila hit an opposite-field double off the fence in the left-field corner to drive in pinch-runner Josh Wilson and tie the score at 5.

Up next: The Tigers and Rays will close out their Spring Training with a rematch Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, the final stop for the Tigers before they head home for Opening Day. Detroit's Alfredo Simon is scheduled to start opposite either Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez. First pitch is set for 12:35 p.m. ET. Fox Sports Detroit will have the game in Michigan, while Sun Sports will carry the game in Florida. Both broadcasts will be available for free online on MLB.TV.

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.