Severino wins 7th straight as Yanks top Tigers 7-4 in opener

DETROIT (AP) Aaron Boone's pitching strategy for the first game of Monday's doubleheader was simple.

''We sent our ace out there for the first game and counted on him giving us a big performance,'' the New York Yankees manager said.

Luis Severino did just that, striking out 10 over eight innings to win his seventh straight decision in a 7-4 victory that extended New York's winning streak to five games.

''He threw 85 strikes in 112 pitches, which puts his percentage in the high 70s,'' Boone said. ''That's how he got through eight innings, which is huge for our bullpen.''

Austin Romine hit a three-run homer, and Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird also homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, who improved to a big league-best 38-17. New York is 21 games over .500 for just the second time since ending the 2012 season at 95-67; the Yankees were 91-70 last year before losing their regular-season finale.

In the start of a doubleheader that made up rainouts on April 14 and 15, Severino (9-1) allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits while walking none. He is 7-0 in 10 starts since losing at Boston on April 10.

''I've been able to execute all of my pitches almost every time out there this season,'' Severino said. ''Today, it took me a couple innings to get on top of my slider, but everything was good after that.''

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild was impressed with Severino's ability to overcome early problems with his slider.

''He's able to throw his changeup at two different speeds, so even when he doesn't have a great slider, he still has different offspeed looks for the hitters,'' Rothschild said. ''He's throwing some of them at 79 or 80 and others at 88 or 89, which makes it tough on hitters.''

Romine's home run was his fourth in 59 at-bats. New York's backup catcher is hitting .373 with 19 RBIs.

''I'm so happy with way he's hitting,'' Severino said.

Jonathan Holder allowed two unearned runs in the ninth, and Aroldis Chapman struck out Victor Martinez with a runner on second for his 14th save in 15 chances.

''I would have rather not used Chapman in that one, but he told me he's ready for the second game,'' Boone said.

New York is 15-1 against the AL Central since mid-September.

Drew VerHagen (0-2) allowed seven runs, seven hits - including three homers - and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Detroit has lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.

''I didn't get deep into the game, and I didn't give us a chance to win,'' VerHagen said after his first major-league start since August. ''There's not much to like about that game.''

Torres became the first Yankees player under 22 to hit 10 home runs in a season since Mickey Mantle from 1951-53.

Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double in the first, but Torres tied the game in the third when he became the fifth New York player to reach double digits in home runs this season; Jeimer Candelario leads the Tigers with nine.

Bird led off the fourth with his second homer, Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier had RBI singles and Romine hit his fourth homer for a 7-1 lead.

''The bottom of our order has been great, and Ro has been a big part of that,'' Boone said. ''He's putting baseballs into places where our big guys hit them.''

Sandy Baez, a 24-year-old right-hander making his major league debut for the Tigers as their 26th man, pitched 4 1/3 hitless innings of relief.

''We are proud of that young man,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Eating up all those innings was huge in the first game of a doubleheader.''

Baez hit his first batter, Bird, then struck out Giancarlo Stanton.

''I'm going to keep that ball wherever I go,'' Baez said. ''I'll have it when I'm driving and when I'm at home.''

SCHEDULING

Boone hopes there can be a schedule adjustment on July 8-9. New York is scheduled to play in Toronto at 8:05 p.m. on July 8, and last Thursday's rainout at Baltimore was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. on July 9. ''Hopefully it is something that gets worked out,'' he said. ''But I also know it's way out of my hands and way out of my control.''

FLIGHT DELAYS

The Yankees were delayed briefly in Baltimore after a radar problem on their charter and arrived in Detroit at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. On May 17, the Yankees were forced to spend a night in Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., after the plane had mechanical problems in bad weather. New York had another lengthy delay at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on May 24.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Frazier was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as New York's 26th player in the doubleheader. He started the first game in left field. . The Yankees activated RHP Adam Warren from the 10-day DL between games and optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Tigers: C John McCann sat out the first game after leaving Sunday's game with an intercostal strain. McCann warmed up pitchers between innings and was hoping to play in the nightcap.

UP NEXT

New York RHP Domingo German (0-3, 5.45) and Detroit RHP Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.45) were scheduled to start the night game.

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NYY38-18
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DET29-32
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  • W: L. Severino (9-1)L: D. VerHagen (0-2)S: A. Chapman (14)
  • HR: NYY - A. Romine (4), G. Bird (2), G. Torres (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Hicks CF40000102.247.348.420.7681.0
A. Judge DH40000131.282.410.574.984-0.5
G. Bird 1B31111100.241.313.586.8998.0
G. Stanton RF51100013.247.321.470.7911.5
D. Gregorius SS41100111.245.319.471.7904.5
M. Andujar 3B41110002.293.313.511.8233.0
C. Frazier LF41110022.333.500.5001.0002.0
A. Romine C31131100.373.456.6611.1179.0
G. Torres 2B31111100.317.380.602.9817.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF41000020.251.318.443.7610.0
    N. Castellanos RF41210000.339.380.526.9064.0
    M. Cabrera DH40110021.318.403.495.8992.0
    J. Candelario 3B41000021.270.363.519.8820.0
    N. Goodrum 1B31110001.248.324.464.7885.0
    J. Hicks C40100011.271.313.436.7490.5
    J. Jones LF40000023.221.268.379.647-1.0
    J. Iglesias SS40110000.260.310.380.6903.0
    D. Machado 2B30000010.212.264.302.566-0.5
    a- V. Martinez PH10000011.250.311.364.675-0.5
    • a-struck out for Machado in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - G. Bird (2), A. Romine (4), G. Torres (10)
    • RBI - G. Bird (4), M. Andujar (22), C. Frazier, A. Romine 3 (19), G. Torres (28)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (10), N. Goodrum (10), J. Iglesias (16)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (33), M. Cabrera (22), N. Goodrum (17), J. Iglesias (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (13), J. Iglesias (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Gregorius (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Romine (2), G. Torres (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Machado-Goodrum)
    • E - D. Machado (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Severino (W, 9-1)8.042101002.200.9334.0
    J. Holder0.22200002.750.92-2.0
    A. Chapman (S, 14)0.10000101.460.897.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Severino (W, 9-1)8.0
    J. Holder0.2
    A. Chapman (S, 14)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. VerHagen (L, 0-2)3.27772239.221.61-11.0
    S. Baez4.10003400.000.6911.0
    Z. Reininger1.00001109.642.142.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. VerHagen (L, 0-2)3.2
    S. Baez4.1
    Z. Reininger1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - L. Severino (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 112-85, J. Holder 17-12, A. Chapman 6-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-10, J. Holder 1-2
    • Batters Faced - L. Severino 30, J. Holder 5, A. Chapman
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Baez
    • HBP - S. Baez
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. VerHagen 91-55, S. Baez 69-39, Z. Reininger 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. VerHagen 6-3, S. Baez 5-4, Z. Reininger 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. VerHagen 20, S. Baez 17, Z. Reininger 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    001600000772
    DET29-32
    100010002461
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hicks CF40000102.247.348.420.7681.0
    A. Judge DH40000131.282.410.574.984-0.5
    G. Bird 1B31111100.241.313.586.8998.0
    G. Stanton RF51100013.247.321.470.7911.5
    D. Gregorius SS41100111.245.319.471.7904.5
    M. Andujar 3B41110002.293.313.511.8233.0
    C. Frazier LF41110022.333.500.5001.0002.0
    A. Romine C31131100.373.456.6611.1179.0
    G. Torres 2B31111100.317.380.602.9817.0
    Total3477736711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF41000020.251.318.443.7610.0
      N. Castellanos RF41210000.339.380.526.9064.0
      M. Cabrera DH40110021.318.403.495.8992.0
      J. Candelario 3B41000021.270.363.519.8820.0
      N. Goodrum 1B31110001.248.324.464.7885.0
      J. Hicks C40100011.271.313.436.7490.5
      J. Jones LF40000023.221.268.379.647-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS40110000.260.310.380.6903.0
      D. Machado 2B30000010.212.264.302.566-0.5
      a- V. Martinez PH10000011.250.311.364.675-0.5
      Total3546400118-----
      • a-struck out for Machado in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Bird (2), A. Romine (4), G. Torres (10)
      • RBI - G. Bird (4), M. Andujar (22), C. Frazier, A. Romine 3 (19), G. Torres (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (10), N. Goodrum (10), J. Iglesias (16)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (33), M. Cabrera (22), N. Goodrum (17), J. Iglesias (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (13), J. Iglesias (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gregorius (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Romine (2), G. Torres (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Machado-Goodrum)
      • E - D. Machado (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino (W, 9-1)8.042101002.200.9334.0
      J. Holder0.22200002.750.92-2.0
      A. Chapman (S, 14)0.10000101.460.897.5
      Total9.06410110---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino (W, 9-1)8.0
      J. Holder0.2
      A. Chapman (S, 14)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. VerHagen (L, 0-2)3.27772239.221.61-11.0
      S. Baez4.10003400.000.6911.0
      Z. Reininger1.00001109.642.142.5
      Total9.0777673---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. VerHagen (L, 0-2)3.2
      S. Baez4.1
      Z. Reininger1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Severino (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 112-85, J. Holder 17-12, A. Chapman 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-10, J. Holder 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 30, J. Holder 5, A. Chapman
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Baez
      • HBP - S. Baez
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. VerHagen 91-55, S. Baez 69-39, Z. Reininger 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. VerHagen 6-3, S. Baez 5-4, Z. Reininger 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. VerHagen 20, S. Baez 17, Z. Reininger 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Iglesias doubled to left center, Goodrum scored74
        Goodrum doubled to deep center, Candelario scored73
      • 5TH INNING
        Castellanos singled to left, Martin scored72
      • 4TH INNING
        Romine homered to center, Andujar and Frazier scored71
        Frazier singled to left, Gregorius scored, Andujar to second41
        Andujar singled to center, Stanton scored, Gregorius to second31
        Bird homered to right21
      • 3RD INNING
        Torres homered to right center11
      • 1ST INNING
        Cabrera doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Zac Reininger relieved Sandy Baez
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Judge struck out on foul tip
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bird walked
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton lined out to left
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Luis Severino
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Candelario safe at first on catcher Romine fielding error
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodrum doubled to deep center, Candelario scored
        • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to left
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to second, Goodrum to third
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias doubled to left center, Goodrum scored
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Jonathan Holder
        • Victor Martinez hit for Dixon Machado
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Baez Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Frazier: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
        • G. Torres: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Romine to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres walked
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Martin lined out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Castellanos fouled out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Baez Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird grounded out to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton flied out to center
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to deep right
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Baez Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine popped out to third
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Torres fouled out to right
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to first
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Baez Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius safe at first on Machado fielding error
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Strike looking, Andujar flied out to center
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Frazier grounded into double play second to first, Gregorius out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Iglesias flied out to right
        • D. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Martin safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error, Martin to second
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to left, Martin scored
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird homered to right
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton singled to right center
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius singled to right, Stanton to third
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Andujar singled to center, Stanton scored, Gregorius to second
        • C. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Frazier singled to left, Gregorius scored, Andujar to second
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Romine homered to center, Andujar and Frazier scored
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torres grounded out to third
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep right
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • Sandy Baez relieved Drew VerHagen
        • G. Bird: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bird hit by pitch, Judge to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goodrum hit by pitch
        • J. Hicks: Hicks singled to left, Goodrum to second
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Torres homered to right center
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado lined out to center
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stanton flied out to right
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius stole second, Foul, Foul, Andujar grounded out to shortstop, Gregorius to third
        • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks lined out to first
        • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Foul, Foul, Foul, Bird popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos singled to right
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored
        • J. Candelario: Candelario lined out to shortstop
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Goodrum flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)