3/2/2013 4:00 P.M. ET
Tigers no match for Yanks in split-squad game
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- Chris Stewart hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova turned in a sharp first start of the year and the Yankees snapped their seven-game Spring Training skid, posting a 10-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Stewart, who is competing with Francisco Cervelli to serve as the Opening Day catcher, cleared the left-field fence with a line-drive shot in the fourth inning off Detroit reliever Kyle Lobstein.
Saying that he has been focusing on attacking the strike zone, Nova threw two scoreless innings, limiting Detroit to one hit with a strikeout. He threw 27 pitches, 22 for strikes.
Tigers starter Shawn Hill permitted two runs (one earned) over 2 2/3 innings in his third appearance and first start of the spring. He struck out two in a 54-pitch outing, tossing 30 strikes.
The Yankees scored both runs against Hill in the third inning. Brett Gardner -- who has hit in all six of his spring games -- singled, stole second and scored on a Robinson Cano single.
Left-hander Kenny Faulk issued a bases-loaded walk to Travis Hafner that forced home New York's second run.
David Aardsma allowed a run to Detroit in the third inning, when Danny Worth doubled and scored on Omar Infante's sacrifice fly.
The Tigers tied the score against Clay Rapada in the fourth, as Don Kelly tripled and scored on a Kevin Russo sac fly.
The Yanks added three runs in the sixth off Detroit's Michael Morrison. Tyler Austin worked a bases-loaded walk, Corban Joseph collected an RBI groundout and a wild pitch permitted Adonis Garcia to score.
Up next: Max Scherzer will make his first Spring Training start of the year on Sunday as the Tigers hit the road for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, their second visit already this spring. Doug Fister is also scheduled to pitch, along with closer candidate Bruce Rondon. Mike Minor is scheduled to start for the Braves. The game will be broadcast on AM 1270 in Detroit and MLB.com Gameday Audio.