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New York Yankees Reaction: Ackley, Teixeira Power Yanks Past Tigers

The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers in comeback fashion this evening, sparked by a Mark Teixeira home-run. 

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  • New York Yankees: 3 (11-13)
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  • George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL

By Christian Kouroupakis

For the majority of the ballgame, the bats were quiet for the New York Yankees. Pitching, however, was excellent.

Luis Cessa, who’s trying to nab a roster spot as a reliever, got the start and pitched three scoreless innings of one hit ball while striking out four. Cessa owns a 2.70 ERA this spring and threw 33 of 56 pitches for strikes.

Two innings after Cessa was relieved, we got a glimpse of the Yankees’ suspended closer, Aroldis Chapman. Chapman held Detroit hit less in his one inning of work while striking out two.

The Tigers got the scoring started in the contest in the sixth inning with Nick Goody on the hill. Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton cranked back-to-back home runs to put the Tigers up 2-0.

In the seventh inning, with the Bombers trailing 2-0, Mark Teixeira connected on a fastball and drove it over the fence in right to put the Yankees on the board.

It was his first “Tex Message” of the spring, and the Yankees are expecting to run that phone bill up with plenty of “tex-messages” in 2016.

The solo shot in the seventh brought the Yankees within one, and New York threatened to take the lead in the eight with two runners on for Dustin Ackley.

With Adam Ravenelle pitching for the Tigers, Ackley creamed one into left field for a go-ahead double that scored Juan Silva and Carlos Corporan.

That put the Yankees up 3-2, a lead they would never relinquish as Diego Moreno closed the game out in the ninth.

On Tuesday, the Yankees will head on over to Clearwater to face the Philadelphia Phillies. Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for New York, as he needs to prove he can start on Opening Day. Game time is set at 1:05 pm, and complete coverage will be on MLB Network.

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