DETROIT (AP) — Gary Sanchez hit two home runs — including a first-inning drive estimated at nearly 500 feet — and Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven tidy innings in his return from the disabled list to lead the New York Yankees to a 13-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Sanchez’s two-run shot in the first was estimated at 493 feet by Statcast. The Yankees led 2-0 after that and never looked back.
Tanaka (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in his first appearance since Aug. 9. He’d been out with right shoulder inflammation.
Matthew Boyd (5-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Aaron Judge singled and walked three times, ending his record-setting streak of 37 games with at least one strikeout.
Aaron Hicks added a homer for the Yankees. Nicholas Castellanos hit two for Detroit, including an inside-the-park homer with two outs in the ninth.
Sanchez and Todd Frazier each had three hits for New York.
Tanaka struck out four without a walk. He threw 90 pitches.
Tanaka didn’t allow a baserunner until the third inning. By then, the Yankees already led 7-0. After Sanchez’s homer, New York added another run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Austin.
The Yankees scored four more runs in the third. Austin hit an RBI single, and Todd Frazier added a two-run triple. Frazier then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronald Torreyes.
Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double for Detroit in the third, but the Yankees scored two more runs in the fourth. Hicks hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 11-1.
Later that inning, the Yankees pinch-hit for Judge, ensuring that he would finish the night without a strikeout.
Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Sanchez’s two-run drive in the ninth was his 25th home run of the year.
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred visited the ballpark before the game. He met with Chris Ilitch, who took over the Tigers and Detroit Red Wings when his father died in February. Manfred toured Little Caesars Arena, the new venue that will house the Red Wings and Detroit Pistons this coming season.
“After everything I saw today, including the amazing development projects from the Ilitch family, I am quite confident that the Detroit Tigers and the city of Detroit have a very bright future,” he said.
As for the recent protest by umpires, who wore wristbands to draw attention to what they saw as unreasonable verbal abuse from players and managers, Manfred said: “I want to be clear that the protest was a violation of their collective bargaining agreement.”
“We let them know that we intended to enforce our rights under that agreement, but fortunately, we were able to agree on a meeting,” he added.
Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle), 2B Starlin Castro (right hamstring) and DH Matt Holliday (left lumbar) remained out on rehab assignments.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (10-5) takes the mound Wednesday night against the Tigers. He’ll have an extra day of rest because of the team’s off day Monday.
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-10) starts for Detroit.