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CLE@TOR: Buehrle gets his first Blue Jays strikeout

The Blue Jays are looking for a few good starts.

Toronto's rotation has been hit hard the past few days, and Wednesday will provide another stern test. Mark Buehrle will have to face off against Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers, who raced out to a 7-3 victory in the series opener. The Blue Jays' starters have worked to a 6.08 ERA in the first seven games, and Buehrle was hit hard in his lone outing.

Toronto ace R.A. Dickey was tagged for eight runs in a 13-0 defeat against Boston on Sunday, and Brandon Morrow was knocked out in the fourth inning en route to the loss in Tuesday's series opener. Buehrle, making his second start for the Blue Jays, has an 18-10 record and a 3.36 ERA in 48 career games against the Tigers.

The Tigers have won three of their last four games, and they'll have Rick Porcello on the mound Wednesday. Cabrera, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, hit his first home run of the year on Tuesday. Detroit (4-3) has scored at least seven runs in each of its past three victories, but it has scored two runs or less in each of its three losses.

Detroit won on Opening Day but then lost two straight to division-rival Minnesota, and it won two straight against the Yankees before being shut out in Sunday's series finale. Porcello worked into the sixth inning and allowed three earned runs against the Twins in his season debut, but the Tigers couldn't get much going in an 8-2 series-finale defeat.

Toronto lost its first two series of the season, and it will need to keep Jose Bautista healthy and in the lineup. Bautista returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing three games due to a twisted right ankle. Bautista hit third and went 0-for-4, but Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera -- the top two hitters in the lineup -- combined for five hits.

Detroit got three hits from Torii Hunter in the opener, but Miguel Cabrera stole the show. Cabrera scored three times and drove in four runs for the Tigers, with three of them coming on his home run off Morrow in the fourth inning. Detroit won despite the absence of designated hitter Victor Martinez, who is day to day due to a cut on the top of his right thumb

Toronto, which is on its first road trip of the season, dropped its first two home series for the first time since 2004. The Blue Jays will head to Kansas City for a three-game series following the conclusion of their three-game set in Detroit.

Blue Jays: Power on display

Colby Rasmus drove a solo home run to provide a late run for the Blue Jays on Tuesday, extending one of the team's bright spots on the young season. Toronto has hit 12 home runs so far, which is tied for second in the AL. Catcher J.P. Arencibia has led the charge for the Blue Jays with three home runs in his first six games this season.

Arencibia, batting .296 so far, is tied with Matt Wieters (44) for the most home runs by a big league catcher since the start of the 2011 season. Arencibia batted fifth on Tuesday, and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion batted cleanup.

Tigers: Hunter hot from the start

Hunter may be aging, but he isn't showing it between the lines. Hunter, 37 years old, doubled and singled twice on Tuesday, netting a career milestone -- hit No. 2,000 -- in the process. The nine-time Gold Glove Award winner is batting .424 and settling in as a right-field counterbalance to the Tigers' fleet-footed center fielder Austin Jackson.

Hunter, a first-round selection in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, is coming off a productive five-year spell with the Angels. Hunter batted .286 with 105 home runs in 713 games for the Halos over the past five seasons.

Worth noting

• The Blue Jays lost four of their six games to the Tigers last season, but they still outscored them, 21-19, for the season series.

• Melky Cabrera passed the 1,000-hit mark for his career on Tuesday.

• University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson threw out the first pitch at Tuesday's game.

• Catcher Alex Avila homered in Detroit's win on Tuesday. Comments