The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 10-3 on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and had a very impressive two innings. Brett Gardner continued his hot spring with two more hits, Tyler Austin and Corban Joseph each had a hit and a couple of RBI.
Nova pitched two scoreless innings giving up a hit and he struck out one, David Aardsma pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run and Clay Rapada got the win pitching an inning and giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout. Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect inning, Mark Montgomery pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a walk and a strikeout and Matt Daley pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts. Francisco Rondon pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts and Jim Miller gave up a hit in one inning of work.
Shawn Hill pitched 2 2/3 innings for Detroit. He gave up five hits and two runs with one of them being earned and he struck out two batters. Kenny Faulk pitched 1/3 of an inning with a walk and a strikeout, Kyle Lobstein pitched two innings giving up two hits and two runs with four strikeouts and he took the loss and Michael Morrison pitched an inning giving up two hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout. Trevor Bell pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up three hits and three runs and Jose Ortega pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit.
Gardner had two hits, Adonis Garcia drew a walk and Austin had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk. Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI, Joseph had a hit and two RBI and Mark Teixeira had a hit. Luke Murton had a hit and an RBI, Travis Hafner had an RBI and drew a walk and Matt Diaz had a hit. Ramon Flores had a hit, Jayson Nix had a hit and Gil Velazquez had a hit. Chris Stewart had a hit and two RBI and Kyle Higashioka had a hit. Austin hit a double and Stewart hit a homerun. The Yankees were 4-13 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Gardner had two stolen bases and Diaz had one. Dan Johnson committed an error.
Omar Infante had an RBI and drew a walk, Torii Hunter had a hit and Andy Dirks had two hits and an RBI. Brandon Loy had a hit, Don Kelly had a hit and Kevin Russo had an RBI. Danny Worth had a hit, Worth had a double and Kelly hit a triple. The Tigers were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Kelly was caught stealing, Russo committed an error and Moya had an outfield assist.
Infante hit a sacrifice fly in the third to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Cano hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game at one. Hafner had an RBI walk to make it 2-1 Yankees. Russo hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to tie the game at two. Stewart hit a two run homerun to make it 4-2 Yankees in the bottom of the fourth. Dirks had an RBI single in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game. The Yankees would come back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 7-3 game. Austin had an RBI walk, Joseph had an RBI groundout and a wild pitch scored another run. The Yankees added three more runs in the eighth to complete the scoring. The final was 10-3, Austin had an RBI double, Joseph an RBI single and Murton an RBI single.
The Yankees had lost seven spring games in a row before this one. They are now 2-7 in the spring. The Tigers are 4-5 on the spring. The Yankees will travel to Fort Myers to face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.