Yankees 9, Tigers 4: Walks and Curtis Granderson rough up Casey Crosby in MLB debut

June 1, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Quintin Berry (52) catches a fly ball hit by New York Yankees designated hitter Andruw Jones (22) during the sixth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


Final - 6.1.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 9 9 0
Detroit Tigers 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 0
WP: CC Sabathia (7 - 2)
SV: Rafael Soriano (7)
LP: Casey Crosby (0 - 1)

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The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 Friday night, behind the arm of CC Sabathia and the bat of Curtis Granderson. Making his major league debut, Tigers' starting pitcher Casey Crosby took the loss.

Rather than regurgitate the same old, same old, next verse, same as the first, how about a few Jim Leyand quotes instead?

On Crosby and the inning that put the Tigers in an early hole:

"That second inning was a little tough to overcome."

I keep saying over and over walks are the tool of the devil. Once again, we found out by the base on balls is a pitcher's cardinal sin. 4 walks in an inning just can't happen. Not at this level. Not if you want to stay at this level. As we saw, when you walk the razor's edge without a safety net, one mistake will burn you. When you play with fire, don't be surprised when you get burned. All it took was one bad pitch to Granderson to burn Crosby.

I don't know if Leyland is trying to make excuses, but this quote didn't please me much:

"To be honest, I didn't think that on June 1, we would have Crosby pitching and Santos catch. No disrespect, but that wasn't our plan."

The injury to Doug Fister forced the issue with Crosby, so be it. Omir Santos is a different matter entirely.

At the start of the game, both Alex Avila and Gerald Laird were healthy. Leyland decided Avila needed rest, understandable considering the hit to the head he took last night. But he thought using Laird as the DH instead of catching was a good idea. So who's fault is it Santos was in the starting lineup?

For that matter, why is Santos on the roster? No one can honestly say.

Rumors were flying earlier tonight Matt Young was going to get a call up from Toledo after being pulled early, reportedly receiving congratulations in the Mud Hens dugout. But when asked about Young after the loss, Leyland said there would be no roster moves. Not tonight, anyway.

"Sometimes you have to put things on hold. Things happen during the course of a game."

Young is a 29 year old career minor leaguer who had spent his entire career in the Braves' system. This season, his fourth in Triple A and first with the Tigers organization, Young has played both right field and 2nd base for the Mud Hens. Young is a player in the same mold as Quintin Berry. He gets on base (.430 OBP in 2012, .390 career) but has absolutely no power (.356 SLG this season, .380 career).

But if Matt Young is the best the Tigers can come up with, well, it says volumes about their position players who are major league ready. The Tigers have none.

As to what happened? I'm guessing Laird injuring himself diving into 1st base, leaving the game with what looked to be a tweaked hamstring, put a hold on whatever plan the Tigers had. With Laird out, Santos, who was almost certainly the player who would be sent down to make room for Young, will have to stay in Detroit. Young's MLB debut may have to wait until next week.

As for injuries, there's good and bad news. Leyland said Andy Dirks will be back before Austin Jackson. Good news on Dirks, but damn worrisome when it comes to Jackson. He was eligible to come off the DL tonight, but he's nowhere close to being ready to return.

Laird is reportedly out until Tuesday at the earliest. I hope Avila got enough rest sitting for 8 innings tonight. I don't think he'll be out of the lineup again anytime soon. This team is shorthanded as it is, and there is no help coming from Toledo...unless Young can drink from the same baseball fountain as Berry.

3 ROARS:

Quintin Berry: To break out the old Sportscenter platitude, you can't stop Quintin Berry, you can only hope to contain him. 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, home run short of the cycle.

Delmon Young: 3 hits and a quiet game in left gets Elmon a roar. 3-4, 2B.

Luis Marte: His 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief kept the Tigers in the game. Marte did his job, too bad the rest of the pitching staff didn't. 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R.

3 HISSES:

Brennan Boesch: I have a feeling Boesch is next on the fan base's list. You know, the same list which once had the names of Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Raburn on it. 0-4, K, 6 LOB.

Omir Santos: I'm sorry, but Santos doesn't belong on a big league roster, let alone starting against the Yankees. But with Laird's injury likely keeping him out for the rest of the series, and the lack of any other options in Toledo, Santos might be around for a while. 0-3, K, GIDP.

Casey Crosby: Allowing 6 runs, 4 walks and a grand slam is not a good first impression. Then again, I wasn't expecting much better in his first big league game. But the book is far from closed on Crosby. One start does not make or end a big league career. 3.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB.

GAME 51 PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Garnering 76% of the vote, it was Quintin Berry in a walk. The love affair continues...

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