DETROIT TIGERS (3-0) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (2-2)
RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-0 0.00) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00). Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:10 p.m.
The Tigers posted their first shutout of the season on Friday as they blanked the Yankees 4-0 in the home opener at Comerica Park. Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Wilson and Kyle Ryan combined on the three-hit shutout. Zimmermann started and earned the win after allowing two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Justin Wilson and Kyle Ryan each worked a scoreless inning to finish the shutout. Offensively, Nick Castellanos was a perfect 4×4 at the plate with a run scored, while Miguel Cabrera hit his first home run of the season and drove in two runs. Ian Kinsler added two hits, posting his third straight multi-hit game.
The Tigers and Yankees play game two of their three-game series this afternoon. Following this weekend’s series vs. New York, the Tigers remain at home to host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a two game series, beginning on Monday.
Four Tigers have had success in their career against today’s Yankees starter, CC Sabathia. Jose Iglesias is hitting .462 (6×13) with a RBI in his career vs. Sabathia, while Mike Aviles is batting .360 (9×25) with two doubles and a RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has posted a .333 (7×21) batting average with three doubles and two RBI vs. Sabathia and Miguel Cabrera is hitting .313 (10×32) with two doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.
Miguel Cabrera has enjoyed facing the Yankees in his career. Entering today’s game, Cabrera is hitting .339 (74×218) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 61 career games vs. the Yankees. Cabrera leads all active players with a .674 slugging percentage vs. the Yankees, while he is second with a .339 batting average and a.414 on-base percentage. Cabrera has hit safely in 48 of 61 games vs. the Yankees, including 20 multi-hit games.
Detroit Tigers Opening Day photos by John Barnes – In Play! magazine