The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The game took place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida and the final score was 3-2. Luis Cessa started for the Yankees and continued his impressive spring by pitching well. The bullpen except for Nick Goody pitched well. Mark Teixeira hit his first homerun of the spring and Dustin Ackley had two RBI.
Cessa pitched three innings giving up a hit and a walk with four strikeouts. Johnny Barbato pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one, Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts and Goody pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with three strikeouts. Chasen Shreve pitched a perfect inning and Diego Moreno who was optioned to minor league camp after the game pitched two innings giving up a hit and he struck out one.
Brett Gardner had a hit, Juan Silva had a hit and Carlos Corporan had a hit. Teixeira had a hit and an RBI, Ackley had a hit and two RBI and Alex Rodriguez had a hit. Starlin Castro had a hit, Pete Kozma had a hit and Aaron Hicks drew a walk. Ackley hit a double and Teixeira hit a homerun. The Yankees were 1-3 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
In the sixth Ian Kinsler hit a solo homerun to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, Justin Upton also hit a solo homerun to make it 2-0 Tigers. In the seventh Teixeira hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 2-1. Ackley hit a two run double in the eighth to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead and that would be the final score.
The Yankees improved their spring record to 11-13 and they will play a split squad on Tuesday. They will play the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater and the Pittsburgh Pirates at home in Tampa. Masahiro Tanaka will make his final spring start which could determine if he will be the Opening Day starter next Monday at home against the Houston Astros. CC Sabathia will also make his final spring start.