Returning after missing four games with a sore right hand, Jose Canseco made an immediate impact.
Canseco hit a three-run homer as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-3, tonight.
"I was happy to help the team. . . . I was happy to pull the ball," Canseco said of his 390-foot blast. "The timing is not quite there, but much better."
Canseco, who developed a sore ligament in his right hand while working out after back surgery in July, snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with his 32nd homer and first since July 8.
It was Canseco's first extra-base hit since coming off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 20 following the surgery. All 12 of his hits since then had been singles.
"I think he's got a chance to get things going," Tampa Bay Manager Larry Rothschild said. "It's great to see. You could tell in batting practice -- he was pelting the [overhanging] catwalks."
While Canseco was back, the Devil Rays lost two players to leg injuries in the second inning.
Fred McGriff reported tightness in his left quadriceps after a leadoff double and Bubba Trammell left with a sprained left ankle after being doubled off first base. Both players were listed as day-to-day, although Rothschild said McGriff would not play on Friday and Trammell was questionable.
Rolando Arrojo (5-10) won despite allowing 10 hits and hitting three batters in 5 1/3 innings.
"Any pitcher would feel comfortable with Canseco in the lineup," Arrojo said. "He's a natural RBI man. Anytime, like tonight, he can put the team ahead."