Blog: Tigers arms, bats put away Yankees, 4-0

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Tigers arms, bats put away Yankees, 4-0

The fourth-biggest crowd in Comerica Park history, and the third-largest on Opening Day (45,049) got about everything it wanted Friday on Opening Day in Detroit.

Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was superb through seven innings, and Tigers relievers Justin Wilson and Kyle Ryan followed with some scoreless mop-up work as the Tigers beat the Yankees, 4-0, to push their early schedule to 3-0.

Miguel Cabrera had a home run into the right-field seats, and drove home the Tigers' first run of the home season with a first-inning single.

Jose Iglesias had a RBI single, and Anthony Gose scored another run on a bases-loaded ground-out.

Nick Castellanos was 4-for-4 for the Tigers, with all of his hits singles.

The Tigers had 13 hits. The Yankees had only three, all singles.

Kyle Ryan tries to close out Yankees in ninth

On an Opening Day when Tigers pitching had all but squelched the Yankees, left-hander Kyle Ryan was manager Brad Ausmus' choice to close what the Tigers hoped would be a 4-0 victory at Comerica Park.

Jordan Zimmermann started for the Tigers and allowed only two singles before he departed following the seventh. Justin Wilson, who last season pitched for the Yankees, worked a scoreless eighth for the Tigers.

Miguel Cabrera had a RBI single and home run to right field as part of the Tigers' 13-hit burst. Nick Castellanos was 4-for-4, all singles.

Cabrera home run to right gives Tigers 4-0 lead

Miguel Cabrera tends to make Opening Day special for fans -- and for his annually gaudy batting numbers.

He notched his second RBI-hit of the game in the seventh inning Friday when he drove a Luis Cessa fastball deep into the right-field seats to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead over the Yankees at Comerica Park.

Cabrera had earlier lashed a RBI single to right for the Tigers' first run.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for the Tigers and was expected to turn the game over to Detroit's bullpen in the eighth.

Zimmermann still on mound as Tigers lead, 3-0

A comfortable pitch-count, as well as a two-hit shutout, made it easy for manager Brad Ausmus to give a go-ahead to Jordan Zimmermann as the Tigers held a 3-0 lead in the seventh on Opening Day at Comerica Park.

Zimmermann had allowed only a pair of singles through six innings, while the Tigers had socked a pair of Yankees pitchers for 11 hits.

The Tigers had a chance in the sixth to boost their lead following singles by J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos (third hit of the day) and Jose Iglesias. But reliever Johnny Barbato struck out Anthony Gose and got Ian Kinsler on a fielder's choice grounder.

Zimmermann, Tigers cruising after five, 3-0

With their starting pitcher handling the Yankees almost casually on Opening Day at Comerica Park, the Tigers were enjoying a smooth season-opener in Detroit.

They led, 3-0, after five innings as starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermman, who had allowed only two hits, entered the inning with a relatively comfortable pitch-count: 70.

The Tigers scored a run in the first on a double by Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera's RBI single to right. Four singles in the fourth (J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos, James McCann, and Jose Iglesias) helped the Tigers to two more runs.

Tigers string singles, take 3-0 lead

A stream of fourth-inning singles helped the Tigers score a pair of runs in the fourth inning and push their Opening Day lead against the Yankees to 3-0 after four innings.

A single to center by J.D. Martinez, on a ball misjudged by Jacoby Ellsbury, got the rally rolling. Nick Castellanos followed with a ground single to right, and James McCann's hot shot that shortstop Didi Greogrous couldn't turn into a put-out loaded the bases.

Jose Iglesias followed with a line-single to right-center, which scored Martinez. The inning's second run scored when Anthony Gose, batting with two strikes, swatted a grounder to second for a force-out but was safe at first on the relay, which scored Castellanos.

Jordan Zimmermann was working on a two-hit shutout for the Tigers.

Zimmermann blanking Yankees

Jordan Zimmermann's early -- very early -- no-hitter disappeared in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a two-out single to center, but that's the only hit allowed by the new Tigers starter through three innings on Opening Day at Comerica Park.

The Tigers led, 1-0, thanks to a run in the first off Luis Severino, who, like Ziimmermann, appeared to be shaking off the cold and finding heavier velocity, particularly in the case of Severino and a fastball that had hit 95 mph.

Zimmermann's lone-allowed hit was quickly wiped away when Ellsbury tried to steal second. He was gunned down by Tigers catcher James McCann.

Jordan Zimmerman throws the first pitch of the game Friday.

Tigers still up on Yankees, 1-0, after two 

Jordan Zimmermann had walked a Yankees batter in each of the first two innings, but still hadn't allowed a hit in his Tigers debut as the Tigers hung onto a 1-0 lead.

Detroit scored in the first on a frigid Opening Day in Detroit. Ian Kinsler doubled into the right-field corner, and Miguel Cabrera drove him home with a sharp, two-strike single to right.

Luis Severino started for the Yankees. After a rough first inning, he had an easy second following Nick Castellanos' hard infield single to shortstop. A strike out of James McCann was followed by a chopping double-play grounder from Jose Iglesias.

Kinsler, Cabrera give Tigers quick 1-0 lead

The Tigers' offense looked in the first inning of Opening Day at Detroit much as it looked in the season-openers at Miami.

Ian Kinsler slapped a lead-off double into the right-field corner against Yankees starter Luis Severino, then galloped home on a lovely, two-strike, RBI single to right from Miguel Cabrera as the Tigers took a 1-0, first-inning lead.

A bundled-up crowd got an instant taste of a Tigers offense that potentially could be one of the team's best in decades.

 Zimmermann takes care of Yankes in debut inning

Jordan Zimmermann's first half-inning as a Tigers starter went all but flawlessly Friday as the Tigers dug in for a chilly opener at Comerica Park.

He got leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury on a pop-fly, in foul territory, just to the left of the left-field line. Nick Castellanos chased and chased the butterfly-like pop-up and finally grabbed it with a diving, over-the-shoulder catch.

Zimmermann walked the next batter, Brett Gardner, but he sawed-off Starlin Castrol, whose broken-bat flutterball landed beyond the mound. It was grabbed by shortstop Jose Iglesias, who flipped to Ian Kinsler for the force at second. Kinsler's rivet to Miguel Cabrera at fist got Castro by an eyelash.

It was 38 degrees at game time, down one degree from the noon temperature.

Tigers and Yankees hope rain holds off

Opening Day's downtown Detroit festival was as energy-filled and raucous as any pre-game hours in memory Friday as the Tigers and Yankees got ready for Comerica Park's first big-league action of 2016

The only potential problem, even more ominous than temperatures barely in the 40s, was rain forecasted for mid-afternoon. Thundershowers were possible ahead of dipping temperatures that could bring 2-4 inches of snow to Metro Detroit.

But the crowd Friday seemed oblivious to April's chill and potential for game-threatening rain.

It was baseball season in Detroit.

How to watch: Tigers vs. Yankees

The Tigers take a 2-0 record into their Opening Day game Friday against the 2-1 Yankees. First pitch is 1:10 p.m., but if you’re heading down to Comerica Park early, there are plenty of good places nearby for eats and drinks.

Temperatures are only expected to get into the high 30s, but that likely won’t bother Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, who grew up in Wisconsin.

Opening Day is celebrated more in Detroit than in most other MLB cities, and the Tigers have sent their fans home happy more times than not.

Though the Tigers finished last in the AL Central in 2015, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this retooled squad.

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When: Friday, first pitch at 1:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park

Gates open: 11 a.m.

TV / radio: Fox Sports Detroit and Fox 2 / 97.1 FM


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Justin Upton, LF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B

7. James McCann, C

8. Jose Iglesias, SS

9. Anthony Gose, CF

P Jordan Zimmermann


1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Brett Gardner, LF

3. Starlin Castro, 2B

4. Mark Teixeira, DH

5. Dustin Ackley, 1B

6. Chase Headley, 3B

7. Didi Gregorius, SS

8. Aaron Hicks, RF

9. Austin Romine, C

P Luis Severino