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Tanaka not himself in New York Yankees' loss to Detroit Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. - The luck of the Irish was not on the Yankees' side on St. Patrick's Day, as they dropped a 9-3 decision to the Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Masahiro Tanaka started the game and was a Jekyll-and-Hyde version of himself; six of his eight outs came via strikeout, but he allowed four runs on four hits - including home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Leonys Martin - and one walk in 2 2/3 innings.

The Yankees actually gave Tanaka an early lead to work with, plating two in the first; Brandon Drury walked with one out, and after Greg Bird doubled, Drury scored on a balk and Bird later scored on a Miguel Andujar RBI single that made it 2-0.

However, Cabrera homered in the first to cut the lead in half, Martin hit a two-run shot in the third to make it 3-2, and Victor Martinez's two-out single later in the inning made it 4-2 and chased Tanaka. The Yankees cut it to 4-3 in the fourth, when Estevan Florial reached on an error that allowed Erik Kratz to score, but Nick Castellanos' double in the fifth made it 5-3, Tyler Wade's fielding error later that inning allowed a run to score to make it 6-3, a sac fly in the sixth made it 7-3, and Chad Sedio capped the scoring with a two-run shot in the seventh.

The Yankees did have several good chances to score more runs, but could not capitalize. In the third, singles by Wade and Drury put runners on first and third with no outs, but Matthew Boyd struck out three straight Yankees; in the fourth, a Wade walk after Florial reached loaded the bases with one out, but again, a strikeout and a pop out ended the threat; and, in the ninth, the Yankees had first and third with two outs, but Jorge Saez struck out to end the game.

At the plate, the Yankees had a total of 10 hits, with Jeff Hendrix going 2-for-2 after replacing Aaron Hicks in center. Otherwise, the best offensive showing was by Drury, who walked twice and singled in four trips. Two Yankees played the whole way but did not get much done at the plate, as Bird was 1-for-5 and Florial was 0-for-4.

On the mound behind Tanaka, Cody Carroll allowed a hit and two walks in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Domingo German was tagged for three runs on four hits (with two walks and two strikeouts) in two innings, and J.P. Feyereisen finished out, allowing two runs on a hit and a walk (and striking out four) over the final two frames.

The loss drops the Yankees to 12-9-1 this spring, including a 1-5-1 mark over the last seven days. They will look to stem that tide back at home on Sunday, when Luis Severino will take the mound against the Marlins in a game you can see live on YES at 1 p.m.