LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera hit his fourth home run of the spring, and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 10-6 on Saturday on an afternoon when the wind was blowing out.
Jhonny Peralta and Kevin Russo also homered for the Tigers. Torii Hunter and Alex Avila each added three hits.
Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings in his first start against major league batters since the World Baseball Championship.
Bruce Rondon, expected to replace Jose Valverde as Detroit’s closer, allowed a two-run homer in the eighth to Ben Francisco, who also hit a solo drive in the fourth against Sanchez.
“Rondon has been inconsistent,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s had some good outings and some not so good outings. I don’t have any idea. There’s still a week to go.”
Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and gave up four earned runs in 6 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the spring. He struck out five and has one exhibition start left.
“I feel really good,” Pettitte said. “I got some balls up, but I got it right where it needed to be when I needed it. Getting into the seventh inning was great.”
PEORIA, Ariz. — Scott Kazmir gave up 13 hits over five innings while trying to earn a spot in the Cleveland rotation, and the Indians beat Seattle. Kazmir gave up five runs, struck out five and walked none.
Jason Giambi and Cord Phelps homered for Cleveland. Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs for the Mariners.
Seattle starter Blake Beavan allowed nine runs and 16 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Cleveland right fielder Matt Carson ran into the wall chasing a long fly in the fifth. He had a cut on his forehead and a neck strain.