Well that’s all she wrote folks, another spring training season has come and gone with the Blue Jays heading north to Cleveland with a quiet confidence. The bats came alive today versus the Detroit Tigers as they slugged their way to a 13-8 victory. Henderson Alvarez struggled as he gave up 8 hits in 4 innings but Kyle Drabek picked up a five inning save giving the Jays 5 quality innings in relief.
Read the full boxscore here.
The Tigers and Blue Jays wrapped up their Grapefruit League schedule with plenty of early offence, and Toronto came out on top, 13-8, on Tuesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez struggled through a four-hit first inning, giving up two runs on a no-doubt homer by Miguel Cabrera to right-centre field. Alvarez went four innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and a walk.
Detroit starter Max Scherzer, who will start the Tigers’ third game of the season against Boston, allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and three walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.
Prince Fielder drew a standing ovation from the crowd in the third inning, but not for his hitting. He stole second base after beating out a double play at first, and about half of the fans in attendance stood and applauded.
Up next: Toronto broke camp and headed north after Tuesday’s game. The Blue Jays open the regular season on the road Thursday at 3:05 p.m. ET against the Indians at Progressive Field. Lefty Ricky Romero will begin his second season as the Blue Jays’ No. 1 starter. Right-hander Justin Masterson is scheduled to start for Cleveland.
I will be in attendance at Progressive Field and will be sitting near the Jays dugout! Very excited for the new season and can’t wait to cheer for the team on the road (and hopefully tick off a few Indians fans). I will try to upload some pics via Twitter, so follow @ALEastbound today!