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Yankees (6-7) at Tigers (4-8)

16 April 2018

In the Friday opener, Detroit almost mounted a huge comeback but NY was able to hold them off for an 8-6 Yanks win.

Jordan Montgomery is getting the start tonight and he is coming off a poor start against the Orioles at home, allowing four runs and 10 hits over 4.1 innings. Montgomery recorded 144 strikeouts across 155 innings previous year (with 51 walks) and finished the season 9-7 overall with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 2-6 in their last eight during game two of a series and the under is 5-0 in their last five during game two of a series. In the Friday game, Castellanos had a pair of hits and a run. Alex Wilson, ejected from that game in 2017, hit Gardner with a pitch in the eighth Friday, but the situation didn't escalate. He commanded all of his pitches very well, and will look to keep NY hitters off balance in game one.

The doubleheader was set because Saturday was rained out, as the weather tries to wipe away an entire weekend of games. Liriano has been sharp for the Tigers in two starts this season.

An erratic Dellin Betances outing in the eighth almost flipped the night's script entirely - he allowed three runs and saw the go-ahead run come to the plate - but with two on and two out, Chad Green struck out Dixon Machado. Hicks is the first Yankee with a multi-homer game - including an inside-the-parker - since Hank Bauer on May 30, 1956 versus the Senators, according to baseball researcher Katie Sharp. He has allowed just two runs in 13 innings pitched this season.

The Tigers' offensive struggles continued in Cleveland over the past four days.

The Detroit hitters are putting up 3.6 runs per contest, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 1.2 per game over their last five. Sanchez made it five hits in his last 10 at-bats with a smoked one-out double on an 0-and-2 fastball that rightfielder Nick Castellanos appeared to be in fear of as it sailed over him.

If the Tigers want to win this series, they will need to limit Aaron Judge. Gregorius is hitting.333/.455/.738 with 14 hits, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored, while Judge is slashing.347/.475/.592 with 17 hits, three homers, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored. The Yankees did get in a bench-clearer with the Red Sox the other day, so you never know when tempers might flare.

Yankees (6-7) at Tigers (4-8)