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New York Yankees Reaction: Offense Punchless, Yanks Lose Series To Tigers (Highlights)

After winning the series opener of the weekend set, the New York Yankees proceeded to drop the final two games and the series to the Detroit Tigers.

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  • New York Yankees: 1 (31-32)
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The brief weekend trip to above .500 land was short-lived as the New York Yankees were unable to capture the series against the Detroit Tigers on Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.

After averaging 6.6 runs per game over their recent five game winning streak, the Bronx Bombers were held silent offensively for a second straight day.

23-year-old sensation Michael Fulmer improved to 7-1 and extended his streak of scoreless innings to 28 1/3 in a dominant performance on the mound. The right-hander allowed a mere two hits over six shutout frames, silencing the Yankee bats all afternoon.

Detroit backed their youngster with runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Nick Castellanos lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Victor Martinez plated a run with a groundout in the fifth. That was all the Tigers would muster off a stellar Michael Pineda, who only allowed the duo of runs and struck out eight in his third straight promising outing.

While Pineda kept the Yankees in the game, Anthony Swarzak let things get away. Coming on in relief, he hung a slider to Ian Kinsler who pounced on an opportunity to hurt the Yanks once again. The second baseman blasted a two-run shot to left to make it a 4-0 ballgame.

With the way the offense was stymied, the 4-0 deficit felt a lot more like 10-0. Chase Headley’s eighth inning RBI single was all that was managed in an otherwise lifeless loss.

Former Yankees Shane Greene and Justin Wilson combined to collect six outs in the seventh and eighth innings, and Francisco Rodriguez collected his second save of the series and 19th of the year to help the Tigers take the rubber game.

Milestone Alert

When Miguel Cabrera pulled into second base after a drive to left-center field in the top of the first, he had the 2,400th hit of his brilliant major league career.

The hit came off Yankee starter Michael Pineda, a booming double over the head of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Cabrera, who possesses an outstanding .320 lifetime average, has an extremely feasible chance at 3,000 career hits. The first baseman is currently 33 years old and is showing no signs of letting up.

Series Loss, Successful Home Stand

Despite dropping the final two games of the weekend set to lose a series to the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees should leave the Bronx feeling proud of a successful home stand.

The Bombers finished the seven games against the Angels and Tigers with a record of 5-2. They swept away the Halos in dominating fashion and shutout the series opener against Detroit 4-0 to account for the five wins.

The seven game stretch featured a much more circular offense, with the exception of the final two games, and much improved starting pitching. In addition, the team restored confidence and a mutual winning belief in the effective Yankee Stadium swing.

Big Mike Is Growing

Just two weeks back, Michael Pineda’s ERA sat at a miserable 6.92 which ranked as the worst among qualified starters in baseball. However, after three solid outings he is starting to regain the trust of management and fans.

As elaborated on by Christian Kouroupakis of ESNY, a change in arm angle worked on by Pineda and pitching coach Larry Rothschild has paid dividends for the 27-year-old.

While his ERA still sits at a lofty 5.88, it has dropped more than a run since his dreadful start in Tampa on May 28 and he continues to make positive strides.

If Pineda can turn in anywhere close to the outings he has delivered his last three times out, he will be an extremely effective pitcher for the Yankees’ staff.

Roster Move

A development throughout the afternoon has been confirmed. First baseman Ike Davis has inked a major league deal with the New York Yankees.

Following the game, the team optioned Chad Green back to Triple-A Scranton, which can be speculated as a move to make space for Davis on the 25-man roster.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will fly out to Colorado before enjoying a much needed off day tomorrow. Joe Girardi’s team has played 40 games in 41 games and 20 games in a row, or a stretch that can simply tire a team out.

Following the refuel, they will kick off an abbreviated two game set with the Rockies at Coors Field. Tuesday night’s match-up will feature a first pitch of 8:40 pm ET as Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.42 ERA) goes up against Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 8.81 ERA).

The matchup will mark the start of a two week stretch in which the Bombers will play 11 games against two sub-.500 teams. That stretch will feature four games with Colorado (29-33) and seven games with Minnesota (18-43).

Stay tuned as ESNY will provide an in-depth series preview with all you need to know ahead of Tuesday night’s opener.

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