Miguel Cabrera set the tone in the first inning, stealing third before the opposing pitcher even started his motion.
On a 35-degree day when the ball didn’t appear to be carrying, the Detroit Tigers kept their legs moving.
Cabrera tripled and scored twice, and the Tigers knocked Josh Johnson out of the game with a five-run second inning en route to an 11-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday in Detroit.
Doug Fister (2-0) wore short sleeves and pitched fine, allowing a run and eight hits in eight innings for Detroit. Johnson (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in 1⅓ innings — the shortest start of his career.
Prince Fielder had four RBIs and Hunter added three for the Tigers.
Cabrera caught Toronto napping in the first, going from second to third without a pitch being thrown. By the time Johnson and the Blue Jays realized he was stealing, it was too late to make a play.
Toronto has lost three straight series to start the year for the first time since 1978, when it lost four straight series
Giants 7, Cubs 6 — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double in a four-run fourth and San Francisco rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat host Chicago for its fourth straight win.
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong walked with the bases loaded to tie it in the fifth and Angel Pagan followed with a sacrifice fly.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro’s fielding error with two outs in the fourth allowed the first run to score. Scott Feldman (0-2) then gave up an RBI single to Pagan and hit Brandon Crawford ahead of Sandoval’s double.
Rangers 4, Mariners 3 — A.J. Pierzynski homered, David Murphy snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the fifth, and Texas toppled Felix Hernandez and host Seattle.
Pierzynski hit his homer in the second. The Rangers added an unearned run later in the inning and scored twice in the fifth to deny Hernandez (1-2) his 100th career victory.
Seattle’s Michael Morse left the game in the seventh after getting hit on the right hand with a pitch as he checked his swing.
Athletics 8, Angels 1 — Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep, and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings night, leading visiting Oakland to a victory over Los Angeles for an eight-game win streak.
Nationals 7, White Sox 4 — Ryan Zimmerman delivered a two-run double after Bryce Harper was intentionally walked in the fourth inning, and host Washington beat Chicago to cap a three-game sweep.
Dan Haren (1-1) got the win despite allowing 10 hits in five innings.
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The Yankees’ game at Cleveland was postponed by rain. No makeup date was immediately announced.