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Detroit Tigers: Yankees take first game of doubleheader

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: Manager Ron Gardenhire #15 of the Detroit Tigers takes the ball from David McKay #62 during the seventh inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on September 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: Manager Ron Gardenhire #15 of the Detroit Tigers takes the ball from David McKay #62 during the seventh inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on September 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are playing a doubleheader today and the Yankees won the first game by a large margin.

Due to last night’s game being called off because of the weather, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are playing a doubleheader today. The first game of the day ended in a 10-4 Yankees victory due to solid New York hitting and sloppy Detroit defense.

Matthew Boyd got the start in the first game and looked okay, but was hurt by some sloppy fielding. Dawel Lugo and Jeimer Candelario both made costly errors that led to unearned runs. Boyd went for five innings and gave up two earned runs, both off of home runs. Bryan Garcia and Matt Hall would both give up three earned runs in relief, which would put the game out of reach for Detroit’s offense.

The offense didn’t do that bad, all things considered. Jake Rogers had two hits, which was a welcome sight given how he has performed with the bat since being called up to the majors. Dawel Lugo had a two-RBI home run which put Detroit within two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Tigers offense as a whole had 11 hits to New York’s 10, along with five walks.

Unfortunately, Detroit went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and couldn’t take advantage of enough opportunities. This has been a big problem for Detroit over the course of this season. They have the lowest batting average in the MLB, .236, with runners on base, and with runners in scoring position. This is something they will need to address in the coming offseason.

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The second game of the doubleheader is already set to get underway, and it will be Spencer Turnbull against CC Sabathia. The Tigers can take two of three against the Yankees and get their 44th win on the year if they are able to contain the Yankees offense. Turnbull will look to limit the damage as much as he can on the mound, but the batters will need to step it up in a big way if they hope to win.

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