New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka sharp in controlling Detroit Tigers, 13-4
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Gary Sanchez hit the type of home run normally reserved for his powerful teammate.
Sanchez’s drive in the first inning was estimated at nearly 500 feet, and the New York catcher added another homer in the ninth to lead the Yankees to a 13-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Sanchez’s two-run shot in the first was estimated at 493 feet by Statcast.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is the only player with a longer one this year — he hit a 495-footer in June.
“I think I still got him by two feet,” Judge said.
Sanchez’s homer landed just below the scoreboard in left field at Comerica Park, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. New York never looked back. Masahiro Tanaka (9-10) pitched seven tidy innings in his return from the disabled list, allowing three runs and six hits.
Matthew Boyd (5-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Judge singled and walked three times, ending his record-setting streak of 37 games with at least one strikeout.
Aaron Hicks added a homer for the Yankees. Nicholas Castellanos hit two for Detroit, including an inside-the-park homer with two outs in the ninth.
Tanaka didn’t allow a baserunner until the third inning. By then, the Yankees already led 7-0.
Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double for Detroit in the third.