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Yankees pitchers can’t throw strikes, drop rain-shortened game to Tigers

This game was loads of fun for exactly half of an inning.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees and Tigers exchanged blows early today, with New York running out to a 4-0 lead. Detroit countered with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. It was pretty much all downhill from there, as far as Yankees pitching goes. It is only the fourth spring training game and pitchers are still shaking off the rust, and that was abundantly clear today. Unfortunately (fortunately?), they only made it through six innings before the game was called due to rain. The Tigers won 10-4.

Here are three takeaways from today’s game:

1. Chance Adams made his spring debut and it was not what you want, to put it mildly. He issued a leadoff walk to Josh Harrison, then surrendered four consecutive hits including two doubles and a triple. Adams recorded just one out before he was yanked from the game. I know someone who is happy that there was no video broadcast today.

2. Speaking of bad pitching, Domingo Acevedo also had himself a day. He inherited a baserunner from Albert Abreu, then walked a batter, hit a batter, and walked in a run. With the bases loaded, Acevedo gave up a grand slam to Christin Stewart. That put the game all the way out of reach.

3. The top of the first inning was fun, though! Both Luke Voit and Greg Bird played today, and the first base competition carried on. The former worked a walk and struck out during his only two at-bats of the game, while the latter knocked a three-run blast and matched Voit’s strikeout.

Highlight of the game

[This is where you have to use your imagination on that Bird home run because I can’t find any video]

The Yankees will take on the Pirates at 1:05 ET tomorrow. The starters haven’t been announced yet. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but tomorrow’s game is not televised either. In fact, there isn’t another televised game until Sunday.