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.
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
St. Louis pitchers gave up double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Robinson Cano returned from a four-game absence after a root canal procedure and went 3 for 3 as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday.
Cano missed four games following the dental work. He singled twice off James Shields, already picked to start on opening day. The Royals ace later picked off Cano at third base.
The new Mariners second baseman also started a double play to end the first.
Mike Moustakas singled twice and drove in two runs for the Royals. Billy Butler doubled, singled and scored twice.
Alex Gordon doubled in two runs during a five-run third for the Royals.
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez left after two innings with a bruise on his left palm after being hit with a foul tip.
Preliminary X-rays did not show any further damage and manager Ned Yost said the injury wasn’t serious.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid were hired by the Chiefs last year, they knew that there would be plenty of turnover on a roster that produced just two wins.
So, they predictably made a splash — the kind you make doing a cannonball off the high diving board — in free agency, signing veterans such as Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, picking up role players such as offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and giving everything a fairly thorough overhaul.
It all seemed to work, too. The Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs.
The downside of all that maneuvering is that now the team is starved for cash, and with free agency starting Tuesday, the Chiefs are looking at a much more modest splash.
Think pebble-in-a-pond kind of splash.
The priorities are interior offensive line, where Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are due to hit free agency, along with wide receiver and free safety. Offensive line and defensive back are two areas with depth, so Kansas City just might be able to make due with its shoestring budget.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although it may take a while before he gets into a game.
Diaz went through a practice Monday before the Cardinals played Detroit.
Later this week, Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Until that issue is cleared, Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields.
The Cardinals signed the 23-year-old Diaz to a four-year contract over the weekend. During the offseason, the NL champions signed All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a free-agent deal for four years.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams have expressed interest in signing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd once the NFL’s free agency period opens.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because talks have not been made public. The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd’s representatives since the NFL allowed discussions with prospective free agents Saturday.
The signing period opens Tuesday.
Byrd is among the top defensive backs set to hit the market after a solid five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo chose not to apply its franchise tag and retain Byrd’s rights for a second consecutive year.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas center Joel Embiid is expected to miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Embiid got a second opinion on his ailing lower back from a specialist in Los Angeles on Monday, and the school says the physician confirmed the original diagnosis of a stress fracture.
The school says Embiid’s treatment for the injury makes him “unlikely to play in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.”
A potential top choice in the NBA draft should he choose to declare, Embiid sat out Kansas’ final two regular-season games, a home victory against Texas Tech and a road loss against West Virginia. The Jayhawks had already clinched the outright Big 12 title.