Cabrera's two homers leads Tigers over Cards, 17-5

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.

"You feel like this could happen every day," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Obviously it won't, but it could."

Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.

"Right now I'm very sharp," Scherzer said. "Usually it takes a while to get all the pitches going. Right now I feel very good about where all my pitches are at -- all four. I was generating swings and misses on all four of them."

St. Louis pitchers allowed double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.

Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fourth. Prospect Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, his first of spring training.

STARTING TIME

Detroit: Justin Verlander is set to make his first start of spring training on Tuesday against Toronto after recording from core muscle repair surgery. His first scheduled start was rained out, and Verlander opted to throw in a batting cage.

TRAINERS' ROOM

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said outfielder Andy Dirks' back surgery was successful. Dirks is expected to need 12 weeks to recover.

RUSHING ALONG

Lou Villano had to make a quick trip from the field to the press box. The official scorer for the Cardinals' high Class A affiliate in Palm Beach sung the national anthem, then returned to the press box where he inputs the data for MLB.com.

ANGELS 8, INDIANS 3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Collin Cowgill's two-run homer off Trevor Bauer highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels over the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Monday.

Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.

The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians' fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.

Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2-3 innings.

Michael Bourn made a running catch of Green's long drive to straightaway center field with the bases loaded to save Salazar from being charged with more runs.

STARTING TIME

Indians: Salazar worked three innings in a minor league game on Friday. Salazar, who started last season with Akron in Double-A, was supposed to pitch three innings Monday but left with the bases loaded and two outs in the second.

"It was a little bit different seeing batters from a different team," said Salazar, who has been brought along slowly this spring. "I was a little wild but I felt strong. I've been on a program to build for the season."

The 24-year old, who can throw his fastball at 100 mph, looked fine to Francona.

"I thought the ball came out of his hand really well. He was free and easy. There is a lot to build on," Francona said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Outfielder Ryan Raburn has a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall on Friday. Francona plans to bat Raburn as a designated hitter in a 'B' game on Tuesday. ... Right-hander Matt Capps is a few days away from starting a throwing program. He was slowed by a sore rotator cuff. ... Right-hander Frank Herrmann has thrown bullpens on March 2 and 7 without pain. He is 11 months into recovery from right elbow surgery.

ROLE PLAYER

Mike Aviles was 0 for 3 for the Indians, playing in right field to drop his spring average to .375. Aviles may soon see time in center field.

"Mike understands that he can get more at-bats if he moves around," Francona said. "Sometimes a guy gets to a certain place then levels off. Mike is awesome. He keeps working and has a great attitude. It might not be what he envisions but he can have a nice career."

READY SHIFT

The Indians used an extreme shift on at least two batters, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Pena. Third baseman Carlos Santana was up the middle just to the left side of second base. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez was up the middle just to the right side of second base. Second baseman Jason Kipnis was pulled toward first and stood in shallow right field, while first baseman Nick Swisher guarded the first base line. The outfield played straight away.

The Angels also shifted the infield for Swisher's at-bats.

RANGERS 8, REDS 2

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Monday.

Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. Darvish retired the first nine batters he faced before yielding RBI doubles to Jay Bruce in the fourth and Ramon Santiago in the fifth.

Profar homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the third and ranks second in the Cactus League with 11 RBIs.

Bailey, who signed to a six-year, $105 million contract this winter, gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking none.

"Probably a B-plus," Bailey said of his performance. "The one pitch to Profar he hit out, it was a 3-2 slider and I had to come with a lot of the plate. It's probably not something we would do a lot in the season, but it's a good time to do those kinds of things.

The Rangers seized the lead in the fifth on Elvis Andrus' two-out, two-run single.

STARTING TIME

Reds: Bailey threw 39 strikes in 58 pitches.

"We were ahead of a lot of guys it seemed like, so that's a good time when you can start working on things, your touch on secondary pitches," Bailey said. "No walks, that's a big plus,"

TRAINING ROOM

Reds: Left-hander David Holmberg (bruised right shin), who has appeared in only one game, is scheduled to throw Tuesday against minor leaguers.

INITIAL STRIKEOUT

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton struck out to leadoff the game. It was Hamilton's first strikeout in 21 plate appearances this spring. He has struck out at least 100 times in his past three minor league seasons. Hamilton led off the fourth with a bunt single and scored from first on Bruce's double.

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