Yankees hand Eovaldi ball against Tigers

(SportsNetwork.com) – Nathan Eovaldi takes another shot at his first win with
the New York Yankees Tuesday when they resume their four-game set with the
Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Eovaldi, though, may have to wait a little longer, as he is in the midst of
his worst road losing streak of his career, going 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA over his
last six starts away from home.

The 25-year-old righty did not get a decision on Wednesday in Baltimore, as he
allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He also struck out nine
batters, but also burned through 101 pitches. He actually left with the lead,
but watched the bullpen give up five runs in the sixth.

“I feel like this is a short outing for me,” said Eovaldi, whose last road win
came on Aug. 26, 2014. “Last year, I was able to go seven, eight [innings],
deeper into the game. I’ve just got to do a better job of staying ahead in

Detroit, meanwhile, will turn to lefty Kyle Lobstein, who gets another start
in place of the injured Justin Verlander. Lobstein won in Cleveland on April
12, surrendering three runs and eight his in five frames.

Given the fact that Verlander’s throwing schedule has once again been put on
hold, Lobstein may be in the Tigers’ rotation for the foreseeable future.

Detroit continued its amazing start on Monday, as J.D. Martinez and Yoenis
Cespedes delivered RBI singles off of CC Sabathia in the seventh inning and
the Tigers turned a key double play to escape with a 2-1 win.

Sabathia (0-3) allowed four baserunners over the first six innings but faced
the minimum 18 batters because of three double plays and one pickoff.

The Tigers finally put together a rally with three singles in the seventh,
including the RBI hits by Martinez and Cespedes.

“That lineup is tough. It should be illegal,” Sabathia said. “Once you think
it’s done, they have more hitters coming.”

Tigers starter Alfredo Simon (3-0) had seven strikeouts but was taken out
after giving up singles to Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius in the eighth,
putting runners at the corners with one out.

Joba Chamberlain, the former Yankees reliever, ended the threat with two
pitches, getting Jacoby Ellsbury to ground into a double play to second base.

Joakim Soria threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his fifth save.

“We’re doing a good job early in the season and we just hope to keep rolling,”
Victor Martinez, the Detroit designated hitter, said.

Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who were coming off a three-game sweep
of Tampa Bay.

The Yankees were 4-3 against the Tigers last season.