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Yankees 9, Tigers 8: Esmil Rogers struggles in Yankees' walk-off win

Esmil Rogers has second straight shaky outing, but the Yanks offense looks potent as Ramon Flores hits the walk-off winner

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The New York Yankees went home with the win when their probable Opening Day lineup (sans Jacoby Ellsbury) took on the Tigers' probable Opening Day lineup (sans Victor Martinez) at George M. Steinbrenner field in yet another spring training night game for the Yanks. The highlight of the game was Ramon Flores' walk off three-run homer, but the story of the game for the Bombers was Esmil Rogers' ugly outing. Rogers allowed five runs, five hits, and two walks in three innings, and didn't help his cause any by committing an error and bouncing a pitch to McCann that would be ruled a passed ball. He'll likely have two more starts left this spring, but one would have to assume his chances of making the rotation are a long shot at this point. Between Bryan Mitchell's unproductive outing on Monday night and Rogers' second straight poor start, Adam Warren's got to be feeling pretty confident about his spot in this race.

It wasn't all bad news for the Yanks, though, as they saw a decent display from both their offense and their relievers. In the bottom of the first, Carlos Beltran roped a double to right centerfield, and was driven in when Mark Teixeira floated a fly ball down the left field line that would drop in for a double of his own. Beltran also drove a run in with a sac fly later in the game. Chris Young, fresh off a two-homer game on Monday, continued his hot hitting with a double. Stephen Drew, who's struggled at the plate thus far this spring, picked up a nice opposite-field single for himself, but was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double. J.R. Murphy also appears to be figuring things out at the plate, he collected his third hit in two days with an RBI single in the ninth.

Tuesday night's contest also provided three things that fans would like to see plenty more of during the regular season. First was Brett Gardner's aggression on the base paths. He picked up a steal both times he reached base. Second was Teixeira beating the shift by lining the ball the other way into left for a single. And third was Didi Gregorius hitting the ball hard off a lefty. He doubled off Detroit's Kyle Ryan in the bottom of the seventh.

The Yankees' relief corps for the night featured a few of the 25-man roster's key arms, including Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Justin Wilson. Betances allowed a walk, a hit, and a run in his inning of work. Miller and Wilson each threw scoreless innings. Right-hander Nick Rumbelow came in for the seventh inning and yielded mixed results, striking out Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez to start the inning, but then allowing two runs on a hit, a walk, and a Francisco Arcia error at first base. James Pazos impressed by striking out the side, and Diego Moreno rounded things out with a scoreless inning.

The Yanks get right back at it tomorrow afternoon against the Mets at 1:05 pm. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill.

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