DETROIT – Michael Pineda struck out eight batters over 5 2/3 frames and the New York Yankees held off a late charge by the Detroit Tigers in a 5-4 win at Comerica Park.
Down 5-3 in the 9th, the Tigers – with the help of a wild Aroldis Chapman – loaded the bases with no outs. But, a J.D. Martinez shot up the middle was snared by short stop, Didi Gregorius, who glove flipped the cowhide to second baseman Starlin Castro’s bare hand. Castro touched second, then turned to gun down Martinez with a throw to first. A run scored on the play, cutting the New York lead to one with the tying run moving to third. But, Miquel Cabrera’s soft grounder on Chapman’s next pitch ended the game and the Tigers’ rally.
Detroity host the White Sox tonight to open a three-game series. Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.14 WHIP) is scheduled to take the hill for the Tigers after missing his last start with a groin strain. Carlos Rondon (2-4, 1.48 WHIP) counters for the South Siders. Former Tigers’ backstop, Alex Avila, returns to Motown for his first game against his former team.
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