Yankees Fall In Detroit, 8-3
You could argue that if you were to give a theme to the 2013 season for the New York Yankees, it would probably be "the good, the bad and the ugly." This afternoon's game at Comerica Park in Detroit was a perfect example of that theme, as the Yankees dropped the opener of a three-game set to the Tigers, by a score of 8-3.
The good was Kevin Youkilis, who went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run HR in the top of the fifth off Detroit starting pitcher Doug Fister, which gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead at the time. The bad came earlier in that fifth inning, when fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez got hit in the right bicep and chest area by a pitch from Fister. Thankfully, he only suffered a bruise to his bicep with x-rays coming out negative, but obviously hampers an already short-handed Yankee team.
And then, there was the ugly - today's starting pitcher for the Yankees, the once-crowned young phenom Ivan Nova. The kid struggled from the very beginning, tossing 96 pitches before getting the hook with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. To further the ugly, Boone Logan came in to relieve Nova and promptly gave up what would be the game-winning three-run HR to Prince Fielder.
The Yankees are back in action against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon: first pitch scheduled at 4:05 p.m, with the coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. on 104.5 "The Team." The pitching match-up will be David Phelps vs. Max Scherzer.