New York Yankees sweep twinbill from Detroit Tigers, 10-4 and 6-4
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — The New York Yankees wrapped up their visit to Detroit with two victories and a couple new injuries.
All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez became the Yankees’ latest health concern when he exited the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader with left groin tightness as New York beat Detroit 6-4 to complete a sweep. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion left the first game, a 10-4 victory, with an oblique issue.
The Yankees are closing in on an AL East title, but the injury woes that have dogged them this season don’t seem to be going away.
“I just keep saying it’s going to make for a good World Series DVD,” said CC Sabathia, New York’s starting pitcher in the second game. “Nothing we can do.”
Sanchez exited in the fourth, an inning after he was thrown out in his first stolen base try this year. He has been on the injured list three times in the past two seasons because of groin problems. Sanchez said through a translator he felt he overstretched his leg sliding into second but felt fine at first. He felt tightening after squatting behind home plate.
Encarnacion homered in the first game, then left in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique muscle. J.A. Happ, New York’s starter in the doubleheader opener, is also dealing with some health issues, although manager Aaron Boone didn’t sound too concerned about that.
Sabathia, who has dealt with right knee problems, pitched into the fourth inning in his return from the injured list. He allowed only one hit through the first three innings but gave up a two-run double to Brandon Dixon in the fourth. He threw 56 pitches in 3 1/3 innings before being relieved by Domingo German (18-4).
Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela each hit two-run homers for New York in the second game.
Spencer Turnbull (3-15) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.