A week into the new year, Miguel Cabrera is already in midseason form.
The reigning AL MVP hit his first homer and drove in four runs, left fielder Don Kelly made a home run-robbing catch and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-3, Tuesday afternoon in Detroit.
Cabrera, coming off his Triple Crown season, had four hits and scored three times.
‘‘He’s the best righthanded hitter I’ve ever seen,’’ Tigers newcomer Torii Hunter said. ‘‘I’ve only been here 15-16 years in the major leagues, but I tell you, this guy’s probably one of the best righthanded hitters I’ve ever seen. [Albert] Pujols is pretty good, saw him the last decade or so, but Cabrera is the best hitter I’ve ever seen.’’
Hunter had three hits, including his 2,000th, and Alex Avila homered.
Kelly took away a home run from J.P. Arencibia leading off the second. Kelly ran back to the wall, reached above the fence and caught the ball as he rammed into the padding. Kelly bounced back toward the field and fell onto the warning track, but held on.
‘‘I didn’t know how far it was going to carry,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘He hit it, obviously, pretty well. So just to be able to get back there and catch it was awesome.’’
‘‘We’re not relaxing at all. We’re disappointed in the way we’ve played,’’ said Jose Reyes, in his first season with Toronto.
Anibal Sanchez (1-0) struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed two runs and five hits with one walk.
Yankees 14, Indians 1 — Robinson Cano hit one of New York’s five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped in Cleveland.
Kevin Youkilis and Brennan Boesch hit two-run homers and Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay had solo shots.
Rangers 6, Rays 1 — Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and Texas beat visiting Tampa Bay.
Royals 7, Twins 4 — Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as host Kansas City beat Minnesota.
Nationals 8, White Sox 7 — Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and host Washington opened an early interleague series by edging Chicago.
Cubs 6, Brewers 3 — Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting host Chicago over Milwaukee.
Padres 9, Dodgers 3 — Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for host San Diego, which rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener at reconfigured Petco Park.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5 — Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and visiting Pittsburgh beat Arizona for its first winning streak of the season after winning the first two games of the series.
Cardinals 5, Reds 1 — Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as host St. Louis beat Cincinnati.
Braves 3, Marlins 2 — Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings, and visiting Atlanta earned its fifth consecutive victory by beating punchless Miami.
Giants 9, Rockies 6 — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap host San Francisco’s rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants beat Colorado for the eighth straight time.
Phillies 8, Mets 3 — Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and host Philadelphia beat New York.