Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Matthew Boyd carves up New York Yankees, 3-1
By JAKE SEINER
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — The Yankees swung over slider after slider from Matthew Boyd, setting a franchise swing-and-miss record.
Even when New York connected, the damage mostly blew back in the wrong direction.
Boyd junk-balled through afternoon shadows for a career-high 13 strikeouts, Gordon Beckham hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the hobbled Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Yankees struck out 18 times overall, a team record for a nine-inning game. Many of those came on breaking pitches against Boyd, a left-hander who became the first Tigers pitcher to open a season with consecutive double-digit strikeout games since at least 1908.
“He had all of his stuff going,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “His fastball going, his slider and everything. It’s not about just the shadows, but that made it tough for everybody. You use it. You use what you can as a pitcher.”
A year after winning 100 games, New York has opened by dropping two of three to both the Baltimore Orioles and Tigers, teams that combined for 213 losses last season. New York already has 10 players on the injured list and expects to soon add another — shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was pulled with a strained left calf, apparently injured hitting a popup in the second inning.
Beckham connected off reliever Chad Green (0-1), his first homer since Aug. 28, 2016, while with the Atlanta Braves.
Beckham almost didn’t make the club out of spring training.
“It’s been awesome,” Beckham said. “These guys are a lot of fun to play with.”
Shane Greene got his fourth save with a perfect ninth, completing Detroit’s five-hitter.