SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera is rounding into form after a rocky start this spring - on and off the field.
Cabrera had three hits and two RBIs and rookie Adam Wilk pitched three scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Cabrera was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He has waived arraignment and submitted a written plea of not guilty.
He started the spring with a 4-for-23 slide, and is now batting .303. He drove in the Tigers' first run off Brian Matusz in the first inning, singled and stole second in the fifth and drove in another run with an opposite-field broken-bat single in the sixth.
``I'm starting to swing good. I'm concentrating on my swing,' Cabrera said. ``I'm working toward the season and the whole year.'
His bat cracked on his hit in the sixth, with the ball getting by Baltimore first baseman Josh Bell.
``Lucky hit. Hopefully in the season, I'll have a lot like that,' Cabrera said.
Casper Wells had four hits and three RBIs for the Tigers' split-squad, and Wilk faced the minimum nine batters, allowing one hit. He's thrown nine scoreless innings this spring.
Fellow rookie Charlie Furbush allowed a run and two hits in three innings, striking out five.
``Those kids did a good job. It's still spring training. I'm not getting carried away - by any means,' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
``We had a good game swinging the bats. It was a good clean game for us.'
Leyland said Cabrera is ``in the process of getting himself into baseball shape.'
``His attitude is great - which it always is,' Leyland said.
Matusz allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits in 3 1-3 innings.
``The results - not happy about the results. But I'm really happy about the process,' Matusz said. ``I feel like I'm making some adjustments that I need to.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter didn't like what he saw from Matusz, who has allowed four earned runs in his last 5 2-3 innings.
``I thought he was up today. He left a lot of pitches up in the strike zone,' Showalter said.
``He's a lot better than that - and he will be.'
NOTES: Orioles RHP Justin Duchscherer, slowed this spring by a left hip injury, wasn't able to throw in a simulated game, putting the start of his season in question. ``He came out here and wasn't able to pitch, so I don't know where we are,' Showalter said. ``He doesn't feel good about where he's at.' Duchscherer will have an MRI on Tuesday. ... Orioles RHP Koji Uehara will throw in the bullpen Monday. He had a cortisone injection in his elbow on March 4 and hasn't pitched since. ... Leyland managed here while letting hitting coach Lloyd McClendon run the other split-squad game in Lakeland. ... When asked if he and Showalter shared any similarities, Leyland cracked: ``He's blond, and I'm bald.'
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