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Yankees Highlights: Masahiro Tanaka shines, but lineup wilts

The Yankees’ pitching was strong again, spearheaded by Masahiro Tanaka.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it appears the Yankees’ early-season malaise will continue. We’re only five games in, but a rash of injuries has rendered the Yankees’ offense impotent, and the team has now dropped three games to a couple of the American League’s worst teams. Stay tuned for our full recap of the game, but for now, on to tonight’s highlights:

Winner of the Game

Masahiro Tanaka is off to an excellent start to his 2019 campaign. After ably handling the Orioles on Opening Day, Tanaka yielded just one run to the rebuilding Tigers over the course of 6.2 innings. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a single batter. Tanaka has been efficient and effective in a pair of starts against some admittedly underwhelming teams, but let’s hope he keeps rolling as the competition gets tougher.

Loser of the Game

Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees’ closer recorded his first save yesterday, but looked shaky against the Tigers tonight. He did hit 99.5 mph on his fastball at one point, but for the most part was still firing a series of 96 and 97 mph fastballs. That’s impressive heat, but it’s not the kind of velocity made Chapman the game’s most dominant closer for a period. Not coincidentally, the Tigers strung together a walk, double, and single against Chapman to push across the winning runs.

Honorable mention: The Yankees’ entire offense. They trotted out a veritable spring training lineup, and it showed; they managed a meager six hits against the middling Detroit staff.

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