Joba gets a little help from his friends
Yanks provide early support; Righty allows three runs in win
YANKEES (ss) 11, TIGERS 7
at Lakeland, Fla,
Saturday, March 15
Yankees at the plate: The top third of New York's order -- regulars Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano -- combined for five hits and four runs, including a two-run double from Cano in the second inning. Jason Lane also doubled in two runs.
Tigers at the plate: Curtis Granderson fueled the Tigers offense with two home runs, turning on a Joba Chamberlain fastball to lead off the bottom of the first and adding a two-run shot in the fourth. In between, he tripled in another run and scored in the third, leaving him with three runs scored and four RBIs on the afternoon. Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez added two hits each. Timo Perez added a solo homer in the ninth.
Yankees on the mound: Starter Joba Chamberlain pretty much commanded the plate with any Tigers batter not named Granderson. He lasted three innings with three runs on four hits and two strikeouts, including a called third strike on a 98-mph fastball past Edgar Renteria to end the second inning. Ex-Tiger Kyle Farnsworth added two scoreless innings.
Tigers on the mound: Out of the first 12 hitters Justin Verlander faced, nine of them reached base safely, and seven of them scored. He recovered to retire seven of his last eight batters, but the damage was done. Reliever Denny Bautista followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 7-7-2, Tigers 11-6-2.
Up next for the Tigers: Detroit has its third and final split-squad day of Spring Training on Sunday, with both contests on the road. Dontrelle Willis will make his fourth start of the spring in a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup with the Rays at St. Petersburg. On the other side of the state, Yorman Bazardo will reprise his role as split-squad starter when he takes the mound opposite Pedro Martinez in a 1:10 p.m. ET game at Port St. Lucie.
Up next for the Yankees: New York will host Cleveland on Sunday in a 1:15 p.m. ET game at Legends Field. Chien-Ming Wang will face C.C. Sabathia in a rematch of Game 1 of last season's ALDS. The game will be carried on the YES Network and on WCBS radio.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.