Final: Yankees 7, Tigers 2
The Tigers' offense was never able to figure out starter Adam Warren as the Yankees grabbed the opening game of the series.
Warren picked up the win after throwing eight strong innings before giving way to Branden Pinder, who pitched a scoreless ninth.
Justin Verlander took the loss, tossing 117 pitches in 6.2 innings in just his second start of the season. He gave up 10 hits, including three home runs.
Bryan Holaday plated both runs for the Tigers, which has now lost three in a row, with a two-run single in the second. After the second, though, the Tigers were only able to muster four base hits, two of which were singles by Miguel Cabrera.
Victor Martinez finished 1-for-4 with a run scored in his first game back since coming off the disabled list with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
The teams will square off in the second game of the three-game series tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.
End 8th (Yankees 7, Tigers 2)
Adam Warren pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career and continued to tame the Tigers' hitters.
Warren racked up his sixth and seventh strikeouts on called third strikes to Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler around an Anthony Gose pop out to second.
More than likely, Warren's night is done after eight innings of work. He gave up seven hits and two earned runs to go along with seven strikeouts and no walks in 110 pitches (74 strikes).
Tom Gorzelanny went back out on the mound for his second inning of relief and couldn't keep the Yankees from scoring again. Chris Young hit a two-double and scored on Brett Gardner's RBI single to left after Yoenis Cespedes' throw was off line.
End 7th (Yankees 6, Tigers 2)
The Yankees padded its lead before Justin Verlander was pulled from the game and replaced with Tom Gorzelanny.
After striking out Chris Young looking to start the inning, Brett Gardner dropped down a bunt single and advanced to third on Chase Headley's single that ricocheted off Verlander and into right field.
Then on a wild pitch in the dirt that Bryan Holaday was unable to block, Gardner scored and Headley advanced to second.
Verlander got Alex Rodriguez to ground out to second for the second out before giving way to Gorzelanny, who gave up an RBI single to Mark Teixeira and a walk to Carlos Beltran before getting Didi Gregorius to bounce into a fielder's choice.
Verlander pitched 6.2 serviceable innings and threw 117 pitches (77 strikes). He gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to go along with two strikeouts and one walk.
In the top half of the inning, J.D. Martinez hit a leadoff single through the left side and the Tigers were one swing away from tying it.
But Yankees starter Adam Warren worked around the leadoff hit for the second straight inning, getting Nick Castellanos to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and Bryan Holaday to fly out to center.
End 6th (Yankees 4, Tigers 2)
The Tigers appeared to have a chance at a big inning after Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff single that bounced off the third base bag to give the Tigers its first baserunner in four innings.
Miguel Cabrera promptly followed with a single to right and Kinsler went first to third, drawing a throw from right fielder Carlos Beltran. Rather than cut off the ball, Beltran's throw went through the infield and bounced off the glove of third baseman Chase Headley and into foul territory. Kinsler made a dash for home but was cut down as Headley made a quick recovery.
Cabrera advanced to second on Headley's throw home but was stranded there as Victor Martinez popped out to short and Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to short.
Justin Verlander stretched his arm out and managed to get through six innings after giving up a two-out walk to Didi Gregorius and a bloop single to Stephen Drew by getting John Ryan Murphy to fly out to center to end the inning.
Verlander retired Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran on grounders for the first two outs.
End 5th (Yankees 4, Tigers 2)
Justin Verlander was seemingly in cruise control, retiring nine Yankees in a row before Mason Williams snapped the streak with a single to center.
Then, Brett Gardner snapped the tie with a two-run homer to put the Yankees back on top. It was the third home run Verlander has given up in the game.
Verlander struck out Chase Headley and induced an Alex Rodriguez grounder to end the inning.
The Tigers, meanwhile, were in search of their first hit since the second inning, but didn't find any in the fifth.
Adam Warren continued to stifle the Tigers' offense, retiring the side in order for the third consecutive inning and 11 batters in a row.
Bryan Holaday flew out on a shallow fly, and Jose Iglesias and Anthony Gose both grounded out to short.
End 4th (Tigers 2, Yankees 2)
After the Tigers' bats came alive in the second, they've hit a lull as right-hander Adam Warren retired the side in order for the second straight inning.
Yoenis Cespedes flew out to center and J.D. Martinez hit a slow roller up the middle that was fielded by the shortstop.
Nick Castellanos hit a hot-shot to third, but had nothing to show for it as Chase Headley made a great pick before throwing him out at first.
And just like last inning, Justin Verlander answered Warren with another 1-2-3 inning. He retired Carlos Beltran on a fly out to center, Didi Gregorius on a ground out to third and Stephen Drew on a fly out to right.
Warren and Verlander have both retired eight straight batters.
End 3rd (Tigers 2, Yankees 2)
Adam Warren handled Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez with ease to record the first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Kinsler grounded out to third, Cabrera struck out swinging for the second time and Martinez grounded out to second.
Justin Verlander began mixing his curveball, change-up and fastball well and responded with a clean inning of his own. Verlander jammed Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez for a pair of easy outs and then got Mark Teixeira to roll over on a pitch and send a grounder to short.
End 2nd (Tigers 2, Yankees 2)
Well, that Tigers lead didn't last long. Two batters into the inning, Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius crushed a Justin Verlander fastball to the bullpen in right-center to tie things up.
The Yankees continued to hit Verlander hard as Stephen Drew and John Ryan Murphy followed with back-to-back one-out singles to cap a string of three straight hits.
Verlander was able to settle down and retire Mason Williams on a weak fly to center and Brett Gardner on a fielder's choice to avoid any further damage.
Top 2nd (Tigers 2, Yankees 1)
Victor Martinez led off the second with a single to right, a much welcomed sign for the Tigers designated hitter who is in the lineup for the first time since going on the disabled list on May 19.
Yoenis Cespedes followed with a double down the left-field line to give the Tigers runners on second and third with no outs.
After J.D. Martinez struck out swinging on a fastball in, Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
And Bryan Holaday cashed in on the opportunity, roping a two-run single to left to put the Tigers on top and silent the crowd that was still buzzing after Alex Rodriguez's homer in the first.
The Tigers had a chance to push across more runs, but Jose Iglesias struck out and after Holaday and Castellanos advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Anthony Gose grounded out to first.
End 1st (Yankees 1, Tigers 0)
Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who is making just his second start of the season, picked off Brett Gardner and got Chase Headley to fly out to left to get two quick outs to start the game.
But designated hitter Alex Rodriguez sent a first-pitch fastball from Verlander over the wall in right-center to become the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits and give the Yankees an early lead.
Verlander bounced back to get Mark Teixeira to ground out to third for the final out.
The Tigers got off to a promising start as Anthony Gose hit a line shot to left on the first pitch of the game off Yankees starter Adam Warren. But the Tigers weren't able to do anything with Gose's leadoff single.
Ian Kinsler was called out on strikes and Miguel Cabrera struck out on a high fastball out of the zone before Gose was picked off at first by Warren.
V-Mart returns, bats clean-up
The Tigers activated designated hitter Victor Martinez from the disabled list with knee inflammation as they open a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium (FSD/1270 AM and 97.1 FM).
Martinez returns after a four-game rehab stint with Triple A Toledo where he hit .294 (5-for-17) with a double and three RBIs. To make room for Martinez, the Tigers sent outfielder Tyler Collins to Toledo.
Right-hander Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60 ERA), whose scheduled start Thursday in Cincinnati was washed out, will make his second start of the season. It also marks his 300th career start, becoming only the eighth Tigers pitcher to reach that milestone.
Right-hander Adam Warren (4-4, 3.78) counters for the Yankees. First pitch is 7:05.
1. Anthony Gose, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
6. J.D. Martinez, RF
7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
8. Bryan Holaday, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP - Justin Verlander
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Chase Headley, 3B
3. Alex Rodriguez, DH
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Carlos Beltran, RF
6. Didi Gregorius, SS
7. Stephen Drew, 2B
8. John Ryan Murphy, C
9. Mason Williams, CF
SP - Adam Warren