And in his latest highly impressive plate appearance in this exhibition season, Prince Fielder didn't swing the bat.

It happened with two out in the third inning Friday and runners at first and third.

In a left-vs.-left matchup with the Mets' Johan Santana, Fielder took two strikes to fall behind, 0-2.

He took the next two pitches -- they were just out of the strike zone -- for balls.

He then took two more that weren't so close and walked.

"Big at-bat," manager Jim Leyland said.

Delmon Young followed with a two-run single, and the next two hitters each hit grounders up the middle -- the Mets couldn't make a play on either. A run scored on each play. Fielder's walk emerged as the key moment of the four-run third inning and of the Tigers' 9-0 win.

All four runs in the third inning happened because Fielder avoided striking out after he got in that 0-2 hole.

They all happened because Fielder had the eye and discipline to lay off the 0-2 and 1-2 pitches from Santana.

This walk demonstrated how Fielder has walked more than 100 times in each of the last three seasons. (He led the National League in walks with 114 two seasons ago.)