Masahiro Tanaka finally gave up a spring training run as the Yanks lost to the Tigers in spring training action today, 6-3.
Tanaka was still sharp however, despite taking the loss. He went 5 innings, and of the two runs he gave up, 1 was unearned.
Of note was the Yankees’ lineup, which Joe Girardi said could be the Opening Day lineup. It featured Gary Sanchez hitting second, Jacoby Ellsbury fifth (!) and Aaron Hicks 8th and in RF. (I would prefer Judge, myself). Ronald Torreyes would be the SS, batting 9th.
Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that Adam Warren is heading to the bullpen, leaving four candidates for the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation—Severino, Mitchell, Green and Montgomery.
The Tigers scored two in the top of the first, with help by two errors, one by Bird and another by Sanchez.
Ellsbury got an RBI groundout in the first.
Dellin Betances gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth. 4-1 Tigers.
The Yanks got two in the seventh to cut it to 4-3. Judge hit a solo HR. Tyler Wade singled and went to third on a two-base error and scored on a SF by Rob Refsnyder.
Apparently the Rays were interested in trading for Refsnyder earlier this week, but instead they made a deal with the White Sox for Peter Bourjos.
Ernesto Frieri gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth for the final score of 6-3 Tigers.
The Yanks are apparently going to try out Johnny Barbato as a starter at AAA SWB.
Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 walks, 6 K. Looks ready to go Opening Day (Sunday).
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR. Struck out the side but the 2-run HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.