The split-squad Yankees defeated the Tigers, 7-1, on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa >> Box score
Five things to know about Sunday's game
1. Brett Gardner was all about powering up, leading off the game with a homer and doing the same the next inning. As his competition with Clint Frazier heats up for the starting job in left field, Gardner's performance proved there's still pop in the 35-year-old's bat. It also was a nice way for Gardner to break the 0-for-3 start to spring training.
2. Not to be outdone by his leadoff man, Aaron Judge clubbed two homers himself. He went back-to-back with Gardner in the first inning and then sent a 3-2 offering from Spencer Turnbull in the fifth over the fence for a two-run shot. Both home runs went to the opposite field and the blasts marked Judge's first two long balls of the spring.
3. Gary Sanchez was not to be left out of the home run party, either. The catcher slugged his first homer of the spring in the third off Drew VerHagen by lining a 1-1 pitch to left.
4. Aroldis Chapman made his spring debut and was rudely greeted by Tigers shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. The fireballing lefty entered the game in the fifth and immediately saw his first offering to Rodriguez demolished off the scoreboard in left field. Chapman's fastball velocity sat between 95-97 mph. Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, while touted prospect Albert Abreu recorded the final six outs with two punchouts.
5. In his first outing of the spring, everything went quite smoothly for Masahiro Tanaka. The right-hander pitched three scoreless inning, allowed one hit -- a triple to Daz Cameron --, walked none and recorded two strikeouts while facing one over the minimum.
The Yankees are off Monday and return to action Tuesday when they host the Braves at 1:05 p.m.