The New York Yankees head home still in second place and staring at some likely suspensions. The Yankees finished off their road trip with a wild loss at Detroit that featured five hit batters and three benches-clearing incidents, and are hoping to get back to the business of erasing their 4 1/2-game deficit in the American League East when they host the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
New York manager Joe Girardi placed the blame for the benches-clearing fracas squarely on the umpires, though Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances hit a batter in the head with a fastball and both Girardi and bench coach Robby Thompson were ejected. New York missed out on a chance to sweep to the Tigers with the 10-6 loss and is now staring at a key homestand that starts with Seattle and includes visits from AL Central-leading Cleveland and AL East-leading Boston. The Mariners are winners of six of their last eight and enter the series four games behind the wild card-leading Yankees. Seattle will turn to left-hander Ariel Miranda in Friday’s opener while New York counters with veteran lefty CC Sabathia.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), WPIX (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.78 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (10-5, 3.99)
Miranda failed to finish six innings in any of his last four starts but is coming off a win at Tampa Bay on Saturday in which he allowed three runs and five hits over five frames. The Cuba native issued only one walk in that win after yielding six over 4 2/3 frames in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 13. Miranda lasted 5 1/3 innings against New York on July 22 and surrendered two runs without factoring in the decision.
Sabathia came off the disabled list at Boston on Saturday and scattered two runs and four hits over six innings to snap a three-start winless streak. The burly veteran topped out at six innings in his last eight turns and was lifted on Saturday despite throwing just 80 pitches. Sabathia needed 98 pitches to get through five innings at Seattle on July 21 but surrendered only one run on four hits and three walks to come away with the win.
1. Mariners 2B Robinson Cano (hamstring) is scheduled for an MRI on Friday and joins OF Guillermo Heredia (forearm) as day-to-day.
2. Yankees C Gary Sanchez went 7-for-15 with four home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored in the three-game series versus Detroit.
3. Seattle SS Jean Segura is 3-for-27 in his last six games.
PREDICTION: Yankees 6, Mariners 4