Detroit Tigers players returned to Grapefruit League action on Friday as the club hosted the New York Yankees in Lakeland, Florida. Here are some observations from the game.
The reigning Rookie of the Year matched up with Masahiro Tanaka, allowing four hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Fulmer was tagged for three earned runs and a pair of walks, while striking out two.
All three of the runs scored against the starter came in a stretch in the fourth inning when the Yankees strung together three extra-base hits.
Despite the Tigers not registering a hit, there was plenty of observations to be had.
Here are some of them.
Fulmer Recovers Early
After allowing a hit and a pair of walks in a long first inning of action that included plenty of three-ball counts, Michael Fulmer turned things around.
The future ace of the Tigers was efficient in the second and third innings, posting clean frames in the process.
Little Luck Against Tanaka
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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitched 4.1 hitless innings, striking out six.
However, outside of those two early base runners and Dominic Ficociello reaching on an error, the Tigers couldn’t get anything going.
Ficociello and Justin Upton also hit balls hard, but Detroit failed to register a hit.
Bullpen Keeps Yankees Off the Board
Despite the offense failing to get things going, the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen held the Yankees to just the three runs.
Brad Ausmus’ relievers allowed three hits and three walks, but kept New York scoreless after Fulmer exited the game.
The Detroit Tigers return to action on Saturday against Atlanta. Ausmus and company will hit the road for the matchup against the National League East franchise.