LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera hit his first home run of the spring and Ryan Raburn had a two-run triple Wednesday in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Raburn tripled against Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy in the second inning. Beachy gave up four runs over two innings in his first start.
Cabrera, making the transition from first base to third base this spring, drove a pitch from Jairo Ascancio over the berm in the left field corner.
Rookie Jacob Turner walked four and didn’t make it through the second inning in his first start for the Tigers. But the Braves did not score until Drew Sutton tripled in the seventh.
RANGERS: In Peoria, Ariz., Yu Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings and made a run-saving play in his spring training debut during Texas’ 6-2 win over a split squad of San Diego Padres.
The Rangers spent more than $107 million this winter to land the 6-foot-5 right-hander who was a dominant pitcher for seven years in Japan.
Pitching exclusively out of the stretch, Darvish threw 36 pitches, 26 for strikes. He allowed two hits,
He struck out his first batter, Cameron Maybin, looking, and his last, John Baker, swinging. He also made two nice defensive plays, one of which prevented a run in the second inning.
ORIOLES: In Sarasota, Fla., Wei-Yin Chen made a neat debut, pitching two scoreless as Baltimore beat the Minnesota Twins 6-0.
Chen, a native of Taiwan, pitched in Japan the past four seasons. He retired the Twins in order in the first and, after giving up a leadoff single to Aaron Bates in the second, struck out Brian Dinkelman, Sean Burroughs and Ben Revere.