The Yankees led after seven innings but ended up taking a 6-5 loss to the Tigers Friday night in Tampa. >> Box Score
Five things to know about Friday's game
1) Giancarlo Stanton finally notched his first RBI of the spring and did so in dramatic fashion, blasting a two-run home run to left field in the first inning to give the Yanks an early 2-0 lead. Stanton is 4-for-18 in Spring Training. Aaron Judge scored on the homer after drawing a walk.
2) In his second start of the spring, Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in 3.1 innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out five on 52 pitches. He surrendered a solo homer in the third to Daz Cameron, son of Mike Cameron. Tanaka, who is a candidate to start Opening Day, struck out the first four batters he faced before allowing a run in the second. It could've been worse if he hadn't picked off Mikie Mahtook at second.
3) Dellin Betances pitched a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts in his second appearance of the spring, topping out at 93 mph as he builds up his arm strength. Zack Britton finished the fourth after Tanaka exited, allowing a single before inducing an inning-ending double play.
4) Domingo German, one of the in-house options to fill in for Luis Severino with the ace set to miss Opening Day with rotator cuff inflammation, gave up three runs (two earned) in three innings. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five.
5) Luke Voit went 1-for-3 as he tries to cement his place as the Yankees' first baseman, while Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, dropping his spring batting average to .214. Kyle Holder hit a solo homer in the ninth.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a MAMMOTH home run. Yanks up 2-0. pic.twitter.com/6pBwlpGkOv- YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 8, 2019
Kyle Holder continues his impressive spring with a LOOONG home run. pic.twitter.com/OT0B5s1Rxv- YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 9, 2019
The Yankees take a split-squad team to Sarasota to face the Orioles on Saturday at 6:05 p.m.