Look out American League East, here come the Yankees. The Yankees beat the Tigers today, 2-1, to make it 3 of 4 against Detroit in their own ball park. The win moves the Yankees into sole possession of second place in the American League East, one half game behind the Red Sox who play Tampa Bay in a few minutes.
Yankee starting pitching, which has been suspect so far this year, held the Tiger hitting machine to 9 runs in 4 games while scoring 21 themselves. In the one game they lost, C. C. Sabathia, although he lost 2 -1, threw a complete game giving up just two runs on 7 hits. Sabathia is now 0-3 on the season but looked like his old self in this one. Alfredo Simon was just too much for the Yankees bats as he got his third win for the Tigers.
In Game 2, Nathan Eovaldi, aided by homers by Chris Young and Steven Drew, who got his fourth of the young season, believe it or not, held the Tiger offense to one run on 8 hits in 7 innings as the Yankees won 5-2.
The Yankees pounded out 15 hits and 13 runs in Game 3, scoring 8 against Cy Young winner David Price in 2 1/3 innings, to win Game 3, 13-4. Mark Teixeira got his fifth homer as Adam Warren didn’t pitch well but got his first win, going 5 2/3 innings for the Yankees.
Masahiro Tanaka held the Tigers to 3 hits and one run for 6 1/3 innings in today’s victory. Anibal Sanchez started for the Tigers but they could not get him any runs as Dellin Betances pitched 1 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts in relief for his third win. Ex- Red Sox relieved Andrew Miller pitched the ninth and got the save, striking out two batters while throwing just 8 pitches, 7 of them strikes.
It’s too early to think that the Yankees might have turned things around but the fact that both Sabathia and Eovaldi had good outings has to be encouraging for Joe Girardi.