Burnett stretches out as Yanks beat Tigers
Right-hander pitches into seventh; Joba works in relief
YANKEES 2, TIGERS 1
at Lakeland, Fla.
Saturday, March 27
Yankees at the plate: The bulk of the Bronx Bombers' offense came from former Tigers against their ex-teammate, Nate Robertson. Curtis Granderson showed what he can do against left-handed pitchers when he doubled down the right-field line, scoring Jorge Posada to cap a two-out rally. Marcus Thames pulled New York back ahead when he turned on a Robertson fastball for a solo homer in the fourth.
Tigers at the plate: Johnny Damon haunted his former club a bit when he doubled and scored in the third inning on Magglio Ordonez's two-out single.
Yankees on the mound: Starter A.J. Burnett recovered from Detroit's third-inning run to last 6 2/3 quality frames, scattering three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Joba Chamberlain pitched the ninth inning.
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Tigers on the mound: Robertson, making perhaps his final audition for a rotation spot before the Tigers make a decision, retired seven straight Yankees between Granderson's RBI double and Thames' home run. He allowed two runs on five hits over five innings with a walk and five strikeouts. Joel Zumaya struck out the side in order in the sixth, topping out at 101 mph.
Worth noting: Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge made what might've been his first acrobatic stop of the spring, hitting the ground to stop a Ramiro Pena ground ball leading off the second.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 10-13, Tigers 14-10-1.
Up next: The Tigers and Yankees meet again Sunday, this time at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. for a 1:05 p.m. ET rematch. Max Scherzer, who has struck out nine batters over nine innings of one-run ball in his past two outings, will take the mound for Detroit opposite Andy Pettitte. Zumaya is slated to pitch in relief for the Tigers, giving him his final test of pitching back-to-back games. Mariano Rivera is expected to pitch for New York. MLB.TV will have the broadcast.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.