The frigid Detroit weather couldn't cool the Yankees' bats on Saturday, as the offense exploded for eight runs against the Detroit Tigers. Behind an offensive outburst and a solid outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees were able to improve to 3-2, handing Detroit its first loss of the 2016 season.
Alex Rodriguez got things started in the first, hitting a laser off of Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey into the Tigers bullpen. A-Rod's solo home run left his bat at 112 mph, showing that the 40-year-old is still capable of turning on a mistake pitch. It also gave him 688 homers for his career.
After battling for the fifth starter role, CC Sabathia made his first meaningful start since coming out of rehab for alcohol related issues. He looked very sharp over the first three innings, allowing his first baserunner in the fourth. He was able to navigate his way out of two potentially ugly jams in the fourth and fifth, escaping with three runs over six plus innings. CC also appeared to be using a cut fastball against righties, after a few years of trial and error with the pitch.
It was also a good day to be a Yankee outfielder. Jacoby Ellsbury made up for a defensive miscue on Friday by hitting a three run triple in the fourth. Carlos Beltran hit his second homer of the season and the 394th of his career, a two run shot to right field. Brett Gardner added two hits and a stolen base.
Surging second baseman Starlin Castro reached an important milestone during the game, with his 1,000th career hit in the top of the seventh. He just turned 26 last month, so he could be an interesting player to watch for a very long time. Castro has definitely made a very favorable first impression as a Yankee, providing stability at second base that the Yankees haven't had since the days of Robinson Cano.
Utility man Ronald Torreyes is beginning to look like an underrated piece of the puzzle for the Yankees. After a triple in his first plate appearance as a Yankee, he added three hits on Saturday. At 5'10" he combines a small strike zone with a very low strikeout rate, so he could be a very pesky at bat for opposing pitchers. Starting third baseman Chase Headley was given a scheduled day off.
Here is the box score from today's game. Tomorrow, the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the hill against Justin Verlander in a Sunday Night matchup. If the Yankees can repeat their offensive performance tomorrow, they should walk out of Detroit with their second consecutive series win.