Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and added a soaring, two-run shot in the seventh to lift the Detroit Tigers to an 8-3 win over the New York Yankees on Friday in the Comerica Park opener.
Fielder connected for his first two home runs of the season before a crowd of 45,051, the most on opening day in the 14 years of Comerica Park.
Doug Fister (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits - including Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer over five innings. Drew Smyly pitched four perfect innings and struck out five for his first career save.
Ivan Nova (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits over 4 2-3 innings.
Boone Logan, the first batter to face Fielder in the fifth, allowed the slugger to put Detroit up 5-3.
Alex Avila, the second hitter to face Shawn Kelley in the sixth, homered deep into the right-field seats to put the Tigers ahead by three runs. Fielder tagged Kelley for another shot the next time he came up.
The banged-up Yankees took another hit, too, on ...