Sloppy start sends Detroit Tigers to 4-2 loss vs. NY Yankees

Detroit Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart lunged and landed on the infield grass on all fours. Left-hander Tyler Alexander dropped to his knees. First baseman Spencer Torkelson watched the madness unfold.

The baseball dropped in front of home plate.

“I misplayed it,” Barnhart said. “It got up in the wind, and I read it as closer to home plate and clearly that wasn’t the case. That’s a play I got to make. There’s no excuse about it.”

The first two innings lasted one hour, 24 minutes. Order was restored the rest of the way, but the Tigers never gained momentum in a 4-2 to the Yankees in the first of three games at Comerica Park on Tuesday. 

The temperature was 43 degrees at the 6:40 p.m. first pitch.

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“That was a tough night to play,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It only got worse as the night went on, weather-wise. But it was that way for both teams. They did a little bit more with their opportunities. … You could tell it was tough for the pitchers to control the ball.”

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