Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple of gopher balls, one to Miguel Cabrera (he of the 462 career HR and the last Triple Crown) as the Yanks lost 9-3 to Detroit in their Saturday exhibition game. The Yanks are 12-9-1 in spring training so far.
Opening Day is March 29. Luis Severino will start and be followed by Tanaka, CC and Gray. Jordan Montgomery starts the home opener on April 2.
The Yanks got two in the top of the first when with one out, Brandon Drury walked and Greg Bird doubled. A balk forced home one run, and Miguel Andujar singled in another.
Cabrera hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first.
With one out in the third, Tanaka gave up a triple to Alexi Amarista then a HR to Leonys Martin. He struck out Jeimer Candelario but Candelario reached on the wild pitch, then after the second out, went to second on another wild pitch, and after a walk, Victor Martinez singled to make it 4-2, Tigers.
The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fourth, when Erik Kratz singled and Ronald Torreyes walked. After a walk, Estevan Florial reached on an error, and Kratz scored.
The Tigers got two in the fifth off Domingo German. German gave up another run in the sixth.
J.P. Feyereisen gave up a two-run HR in the seventh.
Domingo Castillo 1 for 1
Drury 1 for 2, drew 2 walks
Jeff Hendrix 2 for 2
Francisco Diaz 1 for 1
Tanaka (L) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
German 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.