Prince debuts home run trot twice

Prince debuts home run trot twice

Prince debuts home run trot twice
DETROIT -- Coming into the season, some questioned whether the large confines of Comerica Park might hurt Prince Fielder's power numbers. The jury is still out on that, but if the second game of the regular season is any indication, the Tigers' new slugger should be just fine.

Fielder belted his first two home runs in a Tigers uniform Saturday in consecutive at-bats against Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett in Detroit's 10-0 win over Boston. Leading off the fourth inning, Fielder took a 1-2 cutter over the left-field fence. In the fifth, he faced another two-strike count and hit a frozen rope over the right-field wall.

Fielder, who had 230 home runs in seven seasons with the Brewers, said nothing felt all that different with home runs Nos. 231 and 232.

"Same thing, different field," Fielder said. "I'm definitely happy I hit [the pitches] hard."

Fielder's first home run -- an opposite-field blast to put Detroit up, 3-0 -- was the second of the game for the Tigers, the first coming off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in the first inning.

In the fifth, Cabrera launched his second homer, which was reviewed after falling in between the bullpen wall and the left-field fence. Fielder stepped to the plate next and went back-to-back with his new teammate for the first time.

Fielder didn't offer much on the moment, but he said his first two games have gone about as well as he could've hoped.

"It's been a lot of fun," Fielder said. "Of course, it's fun when you're winning, but it's been really good."

Fielder's two home runs are the first pair of what are expected to be many. As part of the Milwaukee Brewers, Fielder averaged 32 a year and hit 38 in 2011 -- before he signed a nine-year contract with the Tigers in January.

Those power numbers helped him to a third-place finish in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2011.

Overall, the Tigers hit five home runs off Beckett -- the other coming from Alex Avila in the fourth. Manager Jim Leyland called the power "a freak thing" and said he doesn't expect those numbers, especially off of top American League pitchers like Beckett.

"I'm very happy we won the game and I'm very happy they both hit two home runs, but I don't get carried away," he said.

Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.