DETROIT – Prince Fielder stood in front of his locker discussing his first two home runs as a Detroit Tiger.
Then Miguel Cabrera – who had just finished reviewing his own two-homer game – walked past.
Pow! Cabrera said playfully. One, two, three, pow!
Detroits potent slugging tandem is already finding its groove.
Fielder and Cabrera hit two homers apiece and Alex Avila added another off Josh Beckett in the Tigers 10-0 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Detroit entered the season as a favorite in the AL Central, and after two games the Tigers are performing pretty much as planned. Ace Justin Verlander was marvelous in Thursdays opener, and Cabrera and Fielder overwhelmed the Red Sox two days later.
So far everythings good. Were 2-0, Fielder said. Hopefully well just keep working hard and keep it going. Were not going to go 162-0, I dont think.
Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year deal with Detroit in the offseason, adding another big bat to a lineup that already included Cabrera. Beckett (0-1) was no match Saturday.
Cabrera opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center, and Fielder added a solo homer in the fourth to the same part of the ballpark.
Cabrera and Fielder then hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.
Im just trying to get better and just watch him, Fielder said.
Hes aggressive yet he still walks. Thats not easy to do. ... Hopefully I can be as good as him when I grow up.
Duane Below (1-0) got the win in relief after Detroit starter Doug Fister left in the fourth with a strain in his left side. Fister will go on the 15-day disabled list today.
BLUE JAYS 7, INDIANS 4, 12 in: In Cleveland, Rajai Davis hit a two-run double in the 12th inning as Toronto rallied for the second straight game against Clevelands bullpen.
Davis hit off Tony Sipp (0-1) gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead and they held on to win another extra-inning game between the teams, who set a major league record by playing the longest opening-day game in history – a 16-inning marathon Thursday.
Kelly Johnson homered for the Blue Jays and Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed one hit in seven innings.
Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera a solo shot for Cleveland.
Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez took a no-hitter into the seventh.
ROYALS 6, ANGELS 3: In Anaheim, Calif., Luke Hochevar took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Kansas City got solo homers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.
Albert Pujols got his first hit with the Angels, a double in the fourth.
Hochevar (1-0) was charged with two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings in his season debut.
The right-hander, who was the first overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Royals and their opening-day starter last year, came in 0-3 with a with an 8.02 ERA in his four previous starts against the Angels.
ORIOLES 8, TWINS 2: In Baltimore, Tommy Hunter took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, and Nick Markakis went 3 for 4 with a homer to lead Baltimore.
Adam Jones and Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep today.
Baltimore has won six straight over Minnesota by a combined score of 36-8.
After beating the Twins 4-2 on opening day, the Orioles went up 6-0 against Francisco Liriano (0-1) after four innings and coasted to the finish. Markakis homered in a second straight game, Ronny Paulino got four hits and scored twice in his Baltimore debut and Robert Andino contributed two hits and two RBI.