LAKELAND, Fla. -- The juice was turned on this afternoon as the Yankees hit four home runs against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium to win their first game of the spring not against college players, 7-4.
Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela and The Yangy Clipper -- Yangervis Solarte -- went yard on four different Tigers pitchers, starting with McCann's opposite-field solo blast off reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in the second inning.
Sanchez followed with a solo shot off Jose Ortega in the third, and then the Yanks busted it open in the seventh on Pirela's two-run homer off Luis Marte and Solarte's three-run blast, his second of the spring, at the expense of Wilsen Palacios.
The Yankees used eight pitchers, seven of whom threw scoreless innings. Adam Warren, in the hunt for the No. 5 starter's job, started and threw two scoreless innings (two hits). The Yankees got a scoreless inning each out of Shawn Kelley (his first appearance of the spring), Mark Montgomery, Danny Burawa and Fred Lewis before the Tigers reached Brian Gordon for four runs on six hits in the seventh. Then Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne resumed the run of goose eggs over the final two frames.
"It's gonna be sad for the game of baseball to see him leave, especially for the guys who have been around a long time -- he's been a mainstay in the game. He's been a great ambassador for the game, a class act, on top of being a Hall of Fame player.
“He's done it the right way, that's why he's so mutually respected by everybody in the game. You will see that this year when he’s doing his farewell tour. The admiration and respect that he's gonna get is right up there with Mariano.”
One to remember: Detroit rookie John Murrian batted for two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera in the seventh -- and knocked in two runs with a double. Cabrera could manage only a single in his two at-bats.