The nasty elements, though no official ruling has been made, could put a damper on his start tonight in the Detroit Tigers’ series finale against the New York Yankees (8:10 p.m., ESPN) at Comerica Park.
Jose Iglesias’ single loaded the bases again, but this time Sabathia stranded the runners, retiring Mike Aviles to hold the four-run lead.
The Bronx Bombers quickly responded in the fifth as Beltran crushed a two-run homer to right field following a lead-off single by McCann, extending the Yankee lead back to six at 8-2. Last year, righties hit.309/.363/.502 against Sabathia and lefties.186/.237/.279. Sabathia is slated to make his season debut this afternoon against Mike Pelfrey and the Detroit Tigers, which will a daunting task after the Tigers defeated the Yankees 4-0 yesterday afternoon.
He gave up a home run to Alex Rodriguez in the first inning, and was knocked out by a bases-loaded triple by Jacoby Ellsbury in the fourth, both on pitches that were grooved, instead of in, like they were supposed to be.
For insurance Miguel Cabrera went the opposite way for a home run and a 4-nothing Tiger lead. A wild pitch and groundout to second by Ian Kinsler scored each runner.
Pelfrey was able to retire the side without trouble in the third inning, however, the end result became virtually decided after the top of the fourth inning.
Offensively, they average 0.0 runs per game, which is good for third in the AL. I do think the cold weather had an effect, especially with the split-finger.
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore-Tampa Bay game was postponed because of rain and high winds.
No makeup date has been announced at this time. “This is a kid who is an All-Star, and he can’t help his team because of one thing he does poorly”. J.D. Martinez is 4 for 6 with two home runs and two doubles in their matchups, and Victor Martinez is 2 for 5 with a homer.
Pelfrey allowed eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. James Mccann collected his first hit legging out an infield single.
Iglesias singled in the first of two Detroit runs in the fourth.
Cabrera has batted.297 against Sabathia with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 37 at-bats.
It was his first of this season and the 688th of his career. Sabathia actually worked into the seventh before giving up a leadoff hit, turning the lead over to the bullpen as four pitchers combined for the final nine outs.
Zack Greinke gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Detroit signed him as a free agent from Washington early in the offseason because it felt he would give the club at least three front-line starters. Surrendering only two hits during his shutout innings Zimmermann looked impressive.
The 35-year-old lefthander, flawless through three innings, was charged with three runs and allowed four hits and four walks in six innings-plus.
The Yankees pounded out 29 hits for 24 runs in consecutive victories over Houston but managed just three singles in Friday’s series opener. He is now a fifth starter trying to prove he still belongs on a major-league mound.
The left-hander had won eight straight from April 15 to May 28, 2012, with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was cut by Atlanta during spring training. Starlin Castro (.450 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.