Tigers lose split-squad games to Yankees, Orioles

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-03 21:56:59-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- All rise -- again. Aaron Judge is back.

Judge hit his first two homers of spring training, helping the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a split-squad game on Sunday.

Brett Gardner also connected twice and Gary Sanchez had a solo drive as New York went deep six times. The Yankees set a major league record with 267 homers last season.

Gardner and Judge hit consecutive homers off Daniel Norris in the first. Judge went deep again in the fifth, belting a two-run drive to right that went off the glove of a leaping Victor Reyes and just over the wall.

Norris allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander is trying to win a spot in Detroit's rotation.

"Just trying to throw strikes and stay out of the middle of the zone, which I didn't do very good today," Norris said.

Masahiro Tanaka tossed three scoreless innings for the Yankees in his first spring start. Traditionally one of baseball's most deliberate workers, the right-hander had no issues with baseball's new 20-second pitch clock.

"Yes, I was conscious of that," Tanaka said through a translator. "It's something MLB is testing during spring training and it might come into effect once we get into the season. You don't want to be not prepared if that were to happen."



Anthony Santander had three hits, including a three-run homer, for the Orioles. Andrew Cashner gave up four runs and six hits over three innings.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd yielded three hits in three innings, including Austin Hays' solo homer. Niko Goodrum went 3 for 3, belting a three-run shot off Cashner in the first.