The Yankees displayed power earlier this afternoon, hitting four home runs as the Bronx Bombers cruised past the Detroit Tigers 7-4 in Lakeland.
Yankees newcomer Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Yangervis Solarte and Jose Pirela all hit home-runs in the game; McCann and Sanchez hit solo shots, Pirela hit a two-run shot and Solarte hit a three-run shot. The Yankees faced right handed pitcher Max Scherzer, who gave up one run in his two innings of work (the McCann home run).
Adam Warren started for the Yankees and pitched two scoreless innings, but they didn’t come easy. He walked two and allowed two hits. He had a difficult first inning until the Tigers ran themselves into back-to-back outs on the base paths. The Tigers made many base running blunders, getting thrown out five times in the nine innings of play but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants the Tigers to be aggressive base runners. Although they won’t always be successful, he wants to change the Tigers mindset.
– The Yankees will take on the Philadelphia Phillies at George M Steinbrenner Field. The game will be televised on the YES Network at 1:05 p.m. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka are expected to make their spring debut with Kuroda and Tanaka relieving Sabathia. Sabathia is slated to go two innings and will throw approximately 35 pitches. Kuroda will relieve him in the third inning and Tanaka will relieve Kuroda in the fifth inning. The Phillies have tabbed David Buchanan for the start.