Hicks homers twice to lead Yankees over Tigers 8-6

DETROIT (AP) Aaron Hicks came sliding across home plate on his stomach, a little tired but plenty excited after a rare inside-the-park home run.

Four innings later, Hicks hit another homer that cleared the wall by plenty, but it was his first tour of the bases that was the highlight of this night.

''I like the first one. It's a lot more exciting,'' Hicks said. ''It was a lot of fun, actually. Once you're rounding that third bag right there, it's kind of fun seeing if you can make it or not.''

Hicks' homers sent the Yankees to an 8-6 victory over Detroit on Friday. Ronald Torreyes added three hits for New York, which handed the skidding Tigers their fifth straight loss.

Hicks came up with a runner on second in the second inning and hit a drive to right-center that bounced off the wall and past center fielder Leonys Martin. The ball rolled across a vacant area of turf while Hicks circled the bases for the Yankees' first inside-the-park homer since 2011.

He was able to trot home in the sixth on his homer to right . Hicks also connected twice on April 13 last year, against Tampa Bay.

Jordan Montgomery (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. New York's bullpen struggled to hold on, but Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Mike Fiers (1-1) gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Tigers. James McCann and Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

It was not a good second inning for the Tigers in the outfield. Gary Sanchez hit a one-out double that right fielder Nicholas Castellanos appeared to have a chance to catch in front of the wall. At the last moment, however, Castellanos ducked and the ball went over his head.

Hicks followed with his first home run to give New York a 2-0 lead. The Yankees' previous inside-the-park homer was by Curtis Granderson at Minnesota on Aug. 21, 2011.

''Casty said he looked for the wall and when he looked back, the ball was right in his face, so it gets over his head,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Then the next one, Martin realizes he can't get to it and gets set for a bounce off the scoreboard, but it hits off the concrete slab at the bottom and takes off. Those are both plays that could have been made, but they aren't easy plays.''

Brett Gardner brought home another run in the fifth with a bloop double, and Aaron Judge drove in Gardner with a single. The Yankees added an additional run that inning on second baseman Dixon Machado's throwing error.

Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

McCann hit a solo home run in the fifth, but Hicks - in only his second game back from a right intercostal strain - made it 6-1 in the sixth with his second homer of the night.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI double in the seventh for Detroit, and he scored on McCann's sacrifice fly. New York scored twice in the eighth, on an RBI single by Torreyes and a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius.

Candelario led off the eighth with a homer, and McCann and Jose Iglesias added RBI singles to make it 8-6.

''I'd like it to be a little easier,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''But that's part of it, and that's part of the competition. I think it can build resolve, knowing that it's not always going to be easy.''

NO INCIDENTS

The Tigers and Yankees brawled their way through a game in Detroit last August. There were no major issues in their first meeting this season. Alex Wilson, ejected from that game in 2017, hit Gardner with a pitch in the eighth Friday, but the situation didn't escalate.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said LHP CC Sabathia, on the disabled list with a right hip strain, could return in the next few days, perhaps Tuesday. ... Boone said he spoke Friday with 3B Brandon Drury, who has been dealing with headaches and blurry vision. ''He sounded upbeat. He sounded like he was in a good place, and felt like he was at least starting to scratch the surface on some answers, hopefully,'' Boone said.

Tigers: Martin was face down in the batter's box for a little while after he appeared to foul a pitch off his right knee in the first. He remained in the game.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Cessa (0-0) is set to start Saturday for the Yankees against Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (1-1), although there's a possibility of severe weather that could make it difficult to play any more baseball Saturday or Sunday in Detroit.

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NYY7-7
0200310208111
DET4-9
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  • W: J. Montgomery (1-0)L: M. Fiers (1-1)S: A. Chapman (2)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hicks 2 (2), DET - J. McCann (1), J. Candelario (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF42210001.264.381.377.7587.0
A. Judge RF41110123.340.470.5661.0365.0
G. Stanton DH50000025.220.303.458.761-1.0
D. Gregorius SS30010100.311.433.6891.1222.0
G. Sanchez C51100024.140.157.400.5572.0
A. Hicks CF32232200.364.462.9091.37115.0
N. Walker 1B50000023.188.264.208.472-1.0
M. Andujar 3B42200000.156.176.250.4267.0
T. Wade 2B10000000.094.171.156.3280.0
R. Torreyes 2B-3B40310001.429.429.5711.0004.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000012.271.352.396.748-0.5
    a- N. Goodrum PH10000010.200.259.360.619-0.5
    J. Candelario 3B51111030.200.290.364.6544.5
    M. Cabrera 1B51200020.245.309.367.6762.0
    N. Castellanos RF41200012.302.362.415.7772.5
    V. Martinez DH41210002.263.341.368.7096.0
    V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
    J. McCann C31231001.189.262.297.5599.0
    J. Jones LF40000023.176.364.176.540-1.0
    J. Iglesias SS40210000.103.205.154.3584.0
    D. Machado 2B40100012.234.265.383.6480.5
    • a-struck out for Martin in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Gardner (3), G. Sanchez (4), M. Andujar
    • 3B - M. Andujar
    • HR - A. Hicks 2 (2)
    • SF - D. Gregorius (3)
    • RBI - B. Gardner (4), A. Judge (9), D. Gregorius (13), A. Hicks 3 (3), R. Torreyes (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Martinez 2 (4), J. Iglesias (2)
    • HR - J. Candelario, J. McCann
    • SF - J. McCann
    • RBI - J. Candelario (3), V. Martinez (6), J. McCann 3 (8), J. Iglesias (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Judge (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - B. Gardner
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Machado (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Montgomery (W, 1-0)6.05330414.701.5022.0
    D. Robertson1.02000104.150.691.5
    D. Betances0.25330218.101.95-7.0
    C. Green (H, 1)0.10000102.450.950.5
    A. Chapman (S, 2)1.00000302.570.8611.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Montgomery (W, 1-0)6.0
    D. Robertson1.0
    D. Betances0.2
    C. Green (H, 1)0.1
    A. Chapman (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (L, 1-1)5.28651423.861.11-2.0
    B. Farmer1.110024010.802.602.0
    A. Wilson0.12221007.001.22-5.0
    D. VerHagen0.20000002.350.650.0
    S. Greene1.00000005.791.503.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (L, 1-1)5.2
    B. Farmer1.1
    A. Wilson0.1
    D. VerHagen0.2
    S. Greene1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Montgomery 91-62, D. Robertson 24-15, D. Betances 24-18, C. Green 5-3, A. Chapman 17-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Montgomery 4-10
    • Batters Faced - J. Montgomery 23, D. Robertson 5, D. Betances 7, C. Green, A. Chapman 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Wilson
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 89-55, B. Farmer 34-17, A. Wilson 15-9, D. VerHagen 6-5, S. Greene 8-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 11-3, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 1-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, B. Farmer 7, A. Wilson 5, D. VerHagen 2, S. Greene 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    NYY7-7
    0200310208111
    DET4-9
    0000102306121
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF42210001.264.381.377.7587.0
    A. Judge RF41110123.340.470.5661.0365.0
    G. Stanton DH50000025.220.303.458.761-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS30010100.311.433.6891.1222.0
    G. Sanchez C51100024.140.157.400.5572.0
    A. Hicks CF32232200.364.462.9091.37115.0
    N. Walker 1B50000023.188.264.208.472-1.0
    M. Andujar 3B42200000.156.176.250.4267.0
    T. Wade 2B10000000.094.171.156.3280.0
    R. Torreyes 2B-3B40310001.429.429.5711.0004.0
    Total38811724817-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF40000012.271.352.396.748-0.5
      a- N. Goodrum PH10000010.200.259.360.619-0.5
      J. Candelario 3B51111030.200.290.364.6544.5
      M. Cabrera 1B51200020.245.309.367.6762.0
      N. Castellanos RF41200012.302.362.415.7772.5
      V. Martinez DH41210002.263.341.368.7096.0
      V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
      J. McCann C31231001.189.262.297.5599.0
      J. Jones LF40000023.176.364.176.540-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS40210000.103.205.154.3584.0
      D. Machado 2B40100012.234.265.383.6480.5
      Total386126201112-----
      • a-struck out for Martin in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (3), G. Sanchez (4), M. Andujar
      • 3B - M. Andujar
      • HR - A. Hicks 2 (2)
      • SF - D. Gregorius (3)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (4), A. Judge (9), D. Gregorius (13), A. Hicks 3 (3), R. Torreyes (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Martinez 2 (4), J. Iglesias (2)
      • HR - J. Candelario, J. McCann
      • SF - J. McCann
      • RBI - J. Candelario (3), V. Martinez (6), J. McCann 3 (8), J. Iglesias (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Judge (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Gardner
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Machado (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Montgomery (W, 1-0)6.05330414.701.5022.0
      D. Robertson1.02000104.150.691.5
      D. Betances0.25330218.101.95-7.0
      C. Green (H, 1)0.10000102.450.950.5
      A. Chapman (S, 2)1.00000302.570.8611.5
      Total9.012660112---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Montgomery (W, 1-0)6.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      D. Betances0.2
      C. Green (H, 1)0.1
      A. Chapman (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 1-1)5.28651423.861.11-2.0
      B. Farmer1.110024010.802.602.0
      A. Wilson0.12221007.001.22-5.0
      D. VerHagen0.20000002.350.650.0
      S. Greene1.00000005.791.503.0
      Total9.01187482---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 1-1)5.2
      B. Farmer1.1
      A. Wilson0.1
      D. VerHagen0.2
      S. Greene1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Montgomery 91-62, D. Robertson 24-15, D. Betances 24-18, C. Green 5-3, A. Chapman 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Montgomery 4-10
      • Batters Faced - J. Montgomery 23, D. Robertson 5, D. Betances 7, C. Green, A. Chapman 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Wilson
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 89-55, B. Farmer 34-17, A. Wilson 15-9, D. VerHagen 6-5, S. Greene 8-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 11-3, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, B. Farmer 7, A. Wilson 5, D. VerHagen 2, S. Greene 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Iglesias singled to right, Reyes scored, McCann to second86
        McCann singled to right, Cabrera scored, Reyes to third85
        Candelario homered to right center84
        Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Gardner scored83
        Torreyes singled to right, Andujar scored73
      • 7TH INNING
        McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Martinez scored63
        Martinez doubled to left, Castellanos scored, Martinez to third on left fielder Gardner fielding error62
      • 6TH INNING
        Hicks homered to right61
      • 5TH INNING
        McCann homered to center51
        Gregorius safe at first on 2nd baseman Machado fielding error, Judge scored, Gregorius to second50
        Judge singled to right center, Gardner scored40
        Gardner doubled to center, Andujar scored30
      • 2ND INNING
        Hicks homered to right center, Sanchez scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Drew VerHagen
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks flied out to center
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Walker flied out to center
        • T. Wade: Ball, Ball, Wade grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Chad Green
        • Niko Goodrum hit for Leonys Martin
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Alex Wilson relieved Buck Farmer
        • M. Andujar: Andujar tripled to deep center
        • R. Torreyes: Torreyes singled to right, Andujar scored
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner hit by pitch, Torreyes to second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked, Torreyes to third, Gardner to second
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Stanton reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Torreyes out at home, Gardner to third, Judge to second
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Alex Wilson
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Gardner scored
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Wade at second
        • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario homered to right center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right, Cabrera to third
        • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann singled to right, Cabrera scored, Reyes to third
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias singled to right, Reyes scored, McCann to second
        • Chad Green relieved Dellin Betances
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Farmer Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gregorius walked
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Gregorius to second
        • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos singled to right center
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez doubled to left, Castellanos scored, Martinez to third on left fielder Gardner fielding error
        • David Robertson relieved Jordan Montgomery
        • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Martinez scored
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones lined out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias doubled to shallow left
        • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Machado reached on an infield single to shortstop, Iglesias to third
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Hicks homered to right
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Walker grounded out to second
        • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Ball, Torreyes singled to left
        • Buck Farmer relieved Mike Fiers
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gardner singled to center, Torreyes to third
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Foul, Martin fouled out to catcher
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Andujar doubled to left
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Strike looking, Torreyes grounded out to shortstop, Andujar to third
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner doubled to center, Andujar scored
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge singled to right center, Gardner scored
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging, Judge stole second
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius safe at first on 2nd baseman Machado fielding error, Judge scored, Gregorius to second
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann homered to center
        • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to center
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera singled to deep right center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to deep right
        • V. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Torreyes singled to center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gardner flied out to center
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop, Torreyes to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Torreyes out at third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Martin flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to center
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez doubled to deep right
        • A. Hicks: Hicks homered to right center, Sanchez scored
        • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to first
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castellanos reached on an infield single to third
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop, Castellanos to second
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Montgomery Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martin fouled out to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario lined out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)