In the fifth inning, Cabrera and Fielder went back-to-back for the first time together, an occurrence that many AL pitchers fear may happen with some regularity this season. After Fielder's second homer of the day, Beckett pitched to one more batter before making his early exit.
Cabrera finished 2-for-5 with three RBI; Fielder was 2-for-3 with two RBI. The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start, while the Red Sox are 0-2. The series concludes Sunday, starting at 1:05 pm EDT.
The NL East figures to be a dog-fight this season, and already the standings seem to reflect that. The Phillies, Marlins and Braves are already chasing last years whipping boys, the Mets and Nationals, both 2-0.
Washington first baseman Adam Laroche went 4-for-5 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer off Cubs' starter Matt Garza as the Nationals dumped Chicago, 7-4. It was the Cubs' second straight home loss to the Nats.
LaRoche added three singles, upping his average to an even .500, and scored twice for Washington. Traded to the Nationals from Arizona after the 2010 season, LaRoche played in just 42 games last year, batting just .172, electing for season-ending shoulder surgery in late May.
Back healthy, LaRoche adds a potent bat to the middle of Washington's lineup.