Beat-up New York Yankees outpitch Detroit Tigers, 3-1
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar had already joined the Yankees’ long injured list when Aaron Judge sprinted into right-center field and made a spectacular, sprawling grab on Niko Goodrum’s hard-hit liner to preserve a two-run lead in the eighth inning.
Judge snapped the webbing around the ball as his gloved left hand hit the turf and he slid on his chest, picking up grass stains on both knees before popping up and throwing the ball to second to make sure both runners could not advance.
“That’s one of those dangerous plays for an outfielder,” New York manager Aaron Boone said Monday night after Judge preserved a 3-1 win over the punchless Detroit Tigers. “It’s hard for them to sometimes get underneath that ball to make the play and not hurt themselves. I felt like I saw it pretty well and I felt like I knew he was fine, but definitely one of those that you kind of hold your breath on.”
Domingo German (1-0) pitched one-hit ball over five innings to overcome five walks on a chilly night and win for the first time since last June. Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner homered for the banged-up Yankees off Tyson Ross (0-1).
New York said before the game that Stanton strained his left biceps Sunday and Andujar injured his right shoulder.
They joined a group of sidelined Yankees that includes pitchers Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery and Ben Heller.
Detroit arrived after a four-game split at Toronto in which the Tigers scored six runs. Jordy Mercer had both hits for the Tigers, who are batting .140 with one home run. He singled in the fourth and doubled in the seventh.
Starter Tyson Ross gave up three runs — two earned — four hits and four walks in five innings. He was done in with a pair of pitches that missed high, with Sanchez hitting a 417-foot drive to center in the second to go deep for the second straight day and Gardner hitting his first of the year in the fifth.