Venezuelan slugger Miguel Cabrera made his 2,000th hit a memorable one, smashing an eighth-inning home run over the left-field wall to cap off a four-hit day as the Detroit Tigers routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-4.
The 30-year-old, two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player connected on the two-run homer against reliever Ryan Webb when Friday night's game at Comerica Park in Detroit was already well in hand.
Cabrera, who went 4-for-5, became just the ninth player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone before the age of 31.
Drew Smyly (1-0) was credited with the win after pitching a perfect three innings in relief of starter Anibal Sanchez, who worked four innings and gave up two hits and two earned runs.
Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss after lasting just 3 1/3 innings and giving up nine hits and seven earned runs.
The Tigers grabbed a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a pair of home runs - a three-run blast off the bat of left fielder Rajai Davis and a solo round-tripper by right fielder Torii Hunter.
Baltimore got two runs in the ninth inning after the game was far out of reach.
The Tigers improved to 3-0 and are now the only undefeated team in baseball, while the Orioles fell to 1-3. EFE