Thoughts on Game 3 of 162

Power duo: Miguel Cabrera (left) and Brennan Boesch combined to drive in eight runs to power the Tigers to their first victory of the season - a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees. (AP)

Heroes: Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera.

Boesch, batting in the 3 spot in place of Magglio Ordonez, and Cabrera combined to drive in eight of the Tigers’ runs (each had four RBIs). Boesch went 4 for 4 with a home run and four runs scored, while Cabrera hit a two-run homer in each of his first two at-bats.

Boesch, who was hot at the end of spring training, could make it hard for Tigers manager to take him out of the lineup with more performances like Sunday. He has shown a little bit of what made him such a dangerous hitter after he was called up in the first half of the 2010 season. If he can continue to put together good outings the Tigers will have a good problem on their hands and have to get creative of finding ways to play him.

Cabrera’s homers were big because they got the  Tigers going. The first gave them an early lead (the Yankees eventually knotted the score at 2 on a Jorge Posada two-run homer) and the second gave the Tigers a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Unsung hero: Ramon Santiago.

Santiago started in place of Will Rhymes, who went hitless in the first two games of the series, and delivered. Santiago finished 2 for 5 with an RBI and had a double off reliever Bartolo Colon.

Fortunate break/key point: After making a spectacular catch to rob Alex Rodriguez of extra bases in the first inning, Ryan Raburn dropped a liner that nearly came back to haunt the Tigers in the third. The error had Nick Swisher on third and Jorge Posada on second with two outs and Curtis Granderson at the plate. Max Scherzer got Granderson to fly out to right field to end the threat. The Yankees had scored a run earlier in the inning on a solo homer by Mark Teixeira

Worse than it appears: Usually giving up four home runs in an outing isn’t conducive to winning baseball, but Max Scherzer was able to pick up a win. Scherzer, who was tagged for 11 earned runs in 2-plus innings in his final spring start, wasn’t as bad as his final line (5 IP, 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks).  Two of the four home runs would have stayed in most ballparks and been routine outs.

The not so good: The Tigers gave up nine homers in the three-game series, but part of that can be contributed to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium as well as the New York lineup, which is as good as any from top to bottom. The normally slow starting Teixeira homered in each game of the series for the Yankees while DH Posada hit two in Sunday’s game.

Notable: Austin Jackson didn’t have a hit but drew two walks and scored two runs.

Up next: Tigers face Baltimore at 3 p.m. today. The contest is the home opener for the Orioles, who opened their season by sweeping Tampa Bay in a three-game series.

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