Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder singled in the first inning on Sunday against Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz to pick up the 1,000th hit of his major league career. Fielder's hit quickly proved to be a sign of things to come in the inning for Tigers hitters, as Detroit used a Jhonny Peralta base-clearing double to plate three runs and take an early 4-0 advantage.
Fielder has now recorded four hits, with two home runs, in seven at bats for the Tigers to open the season. Lead off hitter Austin Jackson, often criticized for his free-swinging nature at the plate, doubled to open the game, proceeded to steal third base, and then eventually crossed the plate on a Miguel Cabrera single. Jackson is batting .556 on the year and could be primed for a breakout season if he can stay active on the basepaths.