New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
Monday 20th April 2015
MLB Regular Season Game
On a night when the wind was gusting out to left field at Comerica Park, Alfredo Simon and CC Sabathia put on a pitchers’ duel for most of Monday’s series opener between the Tigers and Yankees. Mark Teixeira’s home run to right field stood as the lone scoring until back-to-back RBI singles from J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes swung the game to Detroit in the seventh inning for a 2-1 Tigers victory.
The win improved the Tigers’ record to 11-2, continuing the Tigers’ best start since 1984. Six of those wins have come in starts by Simon and Shane Greene, who went into the season as the perceived back end of Detroit’s rotation.
Simon gave up two extra-base hits in a three-batter span of the second inning, including Teixeira’s fourth homer of the year, but settled down from there on the strength of a splitter that dipped sharply for most of the night. Sabathia faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings, thanks to three double plays and a caught stealing, before the Tigers rallied in the seventh.
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