DETROIT (AP) — Chris Young and Stephen Drew homered in a three-run seventh, helping Nathan Eovaldi earn his first win with the New York Yankees, 5-2 over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Eovaldi (1-0) gave up a run on eight hits and a walk in seven-plus innings. Eovaldi started the eighth, but was removed after allowing a leadoff double to Alex Avila.
Eovaldi wasn’t dominant, but got four double plays. Three were routine, but he started the fourth one with a blind snag of a liner hit right at his chest. Eovaldi then flipped to first to easily double off J.D. Martinez.
The Tigers scored in the ninth when Andrew Miller walked Nick Castellanos and Rajai Davis to force in a run. He then struck out Jose Iglesias for his fifth save.
Kyle Lobstein (1-1) yielded one run and three hits in six innings. He walked four. Four Tigers relievers combined to allow three runs in the seventh, letting the Yankees pull away.
New York took a lead in the first on Mark Teixeira’s RBI double. Chris Young led off the seventh with his fourth on Ian Krol’s 3-1 pitch. Stephen Drew hit a 2-0 pitch from Krol for his fourth two batters later.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored later in the seventh on a wild pitch by Al Alburquerque, Detroit’s third pitcher of the inning. Detroit got a run back in the bottom of the inning on Yoenis Cespedes’ sacrifice fly.
Alex Rodriguez nearly hit his 659th career homer in the ninth, but Cespedes made the catch at the wall in left-center. Two batters later, Castellanos’ error allowed Brett Gardner to score New York’s fifth run.
Yankees: LHP Chris Capuano (right quadriceps) is scheduled to throw two innings Wednesday in his first extended spring training game and could return in mid-May. … RHP Ivan Nova (right elbow surgery), who appears on target to be back in June, threw 35 pitches broken down into two segments in his third batting practice session. He will have a simulated game Friday. … INF Brendan Ryan (calf) has resumed taking batting practice and fielding grounders.
Tigers: RHP Joe Nathan (flexor strain) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. If all goes well, Nathan hopes to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday. . Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said there is no timetable for RHP Justin Verlander (triceps strain) to resume throwing.
Yankees: Adam Warren (0-1, 4.82 ERA) will face Detroit in the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday night. Warren is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four relief outings against the Tigers, three of them last season.
Tigers: David Price (1-0, 0.40 ERA) goes against the Yankees Wednesday night for the 27th time in his career, including 26 starts. Price is 10-6 against New York with a 4.03 ERA, his second highest against any American League team. He has a 5.37 ERA vs. Texas.