CC Sabathia went six-plus innings, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run triple and Carlos Beltran a two-run homer as the Yankees beat the Tigers 8-4 in Detroit. >>Read the recap at SNY.tv
- Sabathia got the win in his first regular-season start since going into alcohol rehab last fall. He allowed three runs and four hits with three strikeouts in the longest outing by a Yankees starter this season.
- The Yankees bullpen was strong again. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth and Andrew Miller a scoreless ninth in handing Detroit its first loss of the season.
- Starlin Castro, 26, was 2-for-4 and got his 1,000th career hit. He is the seventh-youngest player since 1969 to do so and beat Derek Jeter by 78 days.
- Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season in the first.
It took five games, but the Yankees finally received a six-inning effort from one of their starters, and arguably from their least likely source in Sabathia. Sabathia's start wasn't exactly pretty, but it was effective and after four less than inspiring efforts before him, the Yankees will take it. The better news is that the Yankees once again put plenty of runs on the board, and the backend of the bullpen put up more scoreless innings. Of their five games thus far, the Yankees received the most balanced performance from beginning to end.
The Yankees play the rubber game against the Tigers Sunday at 8:10 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka faces Justin Verlander. Both had no-decisions in Opening Day starts; Tanaka gave up two runs in five innings, Verlander three runs in six innings.