DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera had more hits Saturday than he did over the first four games of the season combined.
His teammates were pretty good, too.
Cabrera drove in one of four runs in the fifth inning on a 4-for-4 day and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-4 Saturday.
Prince Fielder, one of six Tigers to drive in a run, had two RBI one day after a two-homer, five-RBI performance in an 8-3 win over New York.
Its a long season, we just have to keep this going, Cabrera said. We have to stay focused and do our jobs so we can win as many games as we can.
The reigning Triple Crown winner had at least one RBI in his first four games this season and just three hits.
One thing were pretty sure of, hes going to hit, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said
Max Scherzer (1-0) gave up four runs in five-plus innings to pick up the win in a shaky start, his first of the season.
Phil Hughes (0-1) allowed four runs – three earned – on eight hits in four-plus innings on a day he was originally scheduled to make a rehabilitation start in the minors.
I felt good early on, he said. The fifth inning was a big inning, and I didnt make pitches when I needed to.
Detroit led 5-1 after five innings. New York pulled within a run in the sixth, then let Detroit go ahead 7-4 in the home half.
The Tigers will play for a sweep today in a matchup of aces, Detroits Justin Verlander and New Yorks CC Sabathia.
WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 3: In Chicago, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning to lead Chicago.
With one out and Alejandro De Aza aboard after a leadoff single, Rios drove an 0-2 pitch through a tricky wind and over the wall in left for his second homer in two days. He also connected for a solo shot Friday night, but the White Sox lost 8-7 in 10 innings.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings in his first try for win No. 100. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Monday, struck out three to give him 1,498 for his career.
ANGELS 8, RANGERS 4: In Arlington, Texas, Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas to lead Los Angeles.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
BLUE JAY 5, RED SOX 0: In Toronto, John Lackey left with an injured biceps in his first start since September 2011, grabbing his right arm in pain and coming out in the fifth inning as Boston lost. Lackey (0-1) missed last season after elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011.
He allowed a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the fourth, then clutched his arm and jumped around the mound in pain after throwing low and inside to Jose Reyes on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the fifth. Teammates and manager John Farrell came to the mound before Lackey was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who threw ball four.
RAYS 6, INDIANS 0: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Alex Cobb allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, and Kelly Johnson homered to lead Tampa Bay.
Cobb (1-0) struck out six and walked three as the Rays blanked Cleveland for the second consecutive game. Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos completed a five-hitter.
Indians catcher Lou Marson left the game in the fourth with a cervical-neck strain, when he had a jarring collision with Desmond Jennings.
TWINS 6, ORIOLES 5: In Baltimore, Justin Morneau singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning after an error by Chris Davis to lead Minnesota. The Twins also got a home run from Chris Parmalee.
ATHLETICS 6, ASTROS 3: In Houston, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Seth Smith homered to back up a solid performance by starter Bartolo Colon in his return from a drug suspension as Oakland won.