The Yankees got another strong start from Gerrit Cole, and the offense came alive in an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score
5 things to know from Saturday's game...
1) Gerrit Cole continued gearing up for his first regular season in pinstripes. The ace pitched 2.2 innings against the Tigers, and while he allowed two hits, he kept the Tigers off the board and struck out two batters.
2) Gleyber Torres had a big afternoon for the Bombers. Playing shortstop and batting second, Torres went 1-3 at the plate, but his one hit was a big one, a three-run home run in the fifth inning, a key piece of the Yankees' five-run fifth.
3) Luis Cessa was the first Yankees pitcher out of the bullpen following Cole, and the right-hander showed off some of his electric stuff, striking out three hitters in 1.1 innings.
4) Chris Iannetta, who is competing for the backup catcher job behind Gary Sanchez, had two hits and a run scored as the Yankees' DH.
5) Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, and Chad Green all pitched out of the bullpen, and that trio combined for four strikeouts and just two hits allowed in three combined innings.
The Yankees will be on the road Sunday for a 1:05 PM matchup with the Detroit Tigers. David Hale is scheduled to start against Spencer Turnbull.