While their bats have been working, producing 5.31 runs per game, their pitching has been a mess and giving up 5.46 runs per contest. Chad Green had to clean up his mess, striking out Dixon Machado looking with runners on first and second. It was the Yankees' AL-leading 14th of the year.
Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
That's hardly the way they planned things after reaching the A.L. Championship Series last season, then replacing longtime manager Joe Girardi with Aaron Boone and bringing in Major League Baseball's most feared home run hitter in Giancarlo Stanton. Wilson, who hit Todd Frazier intentionally as part of the 2017 festivities, did throw Gardner a slider, though. At the last moment, however, Castellanos ducked and the ball went over his head.
Hicks followed with his first round-tripper - even if it stayed in the park. Montgomery has struggled to give the Yankees innings in his first two starts of the season.
He was able to trot home in the sixth on his homer to right. Miguel Andujar doubled and tripled.
After a long double by Gary Sanchez, Hicks put the Yankees on the scoreboard in the second with an inside-the-park two-run homer, a shot to right-center off righthander Mike Fiers. Leonys Martin eventually tracked it down, but Hicks beat the relay to the plate easily, sliding headfirst into home. All told, they could be in a far worse predicament: the Twins have postponed their last two games against the White Sox at Target Field due to a snowstorm.
Detroit's pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The Yankees haven't announced their game two starter as of yet.
2011. Aaron Hicks' inside-the-park homer in the second inning was the first by a Yankee since August 21, 2011, when Curtis Granderson did so in Minnesota.
Ronald Torreyes continues to play well, adding three hits and an RBI to his ledger.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Tigers lefty Francisco Liriano will face off for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, while right-hander Luis Cessa will fill in for CC Sabathia in the evening against Detroit southpaw Matthew Boyd.