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DETROIT (1660 THE FAN) – Casey Crosby broke out in the first inning of his major league debut, striking out a pair of Yankees. He faltered in the second frame, walking four and surrendering a grand slam to Curtis Granderson, and the Tigers fell in Game 1 of a weekend series, 9-4.
Crosby was called up to in place of Doug Fister, who went on the 15-day disabled list on May 29th. Crosby showed great potential in his first major league start, striking out three in 3.1 innings of work. Pitch control eluded the southpaw after the first frame, giving up a total of six earned runs in the second and fourth innings before leaving the game.
Detroit cracked the scoreboard first in the opening frame. Quintin Berry tripled in his first plate appearance at Comerica Park. Danny Worth singled on the next at bat, scoring Berry.
The wheels fell off for Detroit in the second; giving up five runs in the inning, including the Granderson grand slam.
Ramon Santiago added a solo homerun in the third, and Prince Fielder scored Berry on a line-drive single in the frame, but Detroit bullpen couldn’t hold the Yankee bats. Luis Marte, Bryan Villarreal, and Octavio Dotel all logged time in relief, striking out seven and giving up three runs on five hits.
Neither team scored again until the eighth inning when Andruw Jones doubled a ground ball off of Brian Villarreal, scoring Nick Swisher. Detroit answered with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jhonny Peralta, sending Miguel Cabrera home, but the Tigers would get no closer. Alex Rodriguez slammed a two-run homer out to left center to seal the win for New York.
Rick Porcello has the start in Game 2 Saturday night. Broadcast time is set for 6:40 pm on AM 590 WKZO.