That one lone run allowed is significant too as Luis Severino (10-5, 3.10) hurled 6.2 innings of almost flawless pitching, spoiled only by a solo home run by Ian Kinsler in his final inning of work.
Severino, who is 11-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 25 starts, up to 156 2/3 innings, which is just shy of the career-best 161 1/3 that he threw in 2015 while in Double-A, Triple-A and the bigs. He pitched only one game for Minnesota after spending most of the season with the Atlanta Braves.
With all of the pitching injuries that the Yankees have had to deal with this season, it is going to be important for Tanaka to provide quality starts on a steady basis. Betances and Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson were both ejected. "We have to beat every team, " said Hamels (9-1), who did his part, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out three.
Speaking of injuries, NY has several players now in the midst of rehab assignments. NY hammered out 14 hits and walked three times with Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius going deep and combining for seven RBI's while Ronald Torreyes was 4-4 with a run and an RBI.
Torreyes is filling in for injured second baseman Starlin Castro. On Thursday, some of that frustration was exercised by the Tigers slugger. The left hander has much to prove with his new team.
Matthew Boyd (5-7) surrendered seven runs and seven hits in 2⅓ innings.
The Yankees are fortunate to face Ariel Miranda in the series opener. Miranda has let up at least one home run in all but two outings since June 10.
JaCoby Jones is starting in center field with left-hander Jaime Garcia on the mound for the Yankees. Additionally, the Yankees should look to continue the power stroke against Yovani Gallardo on Saturday.
The Yankees didn't have to go very far to find the best restaurant in Detroit. The Yankees previously optioned fellow right-hander Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday to clear room for Tanaka.
By game's end, Sanchez owned the Major League Baseball lead among catchers for home runs (25) and the AL lead in RBI (69), runs (61), on-base percentage (.349), slugging percentage (.536) and, consequently, OPS (.884). Four wins this week should be the bare minimum.