The Yankees swung over slider after slider from Matthew Boyd, setting a franchise swing-and-miss record.
Boyd junk-balled through afternoon shadows for 13 strikeouts, Gordon Beckham hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth inning and Detroit beat the Yankees 2-1 in New York on Wednesday.
“It was good today,” Boyd said. “The main point was to find out what works on a given day and just attack with that.”
The Yankees struck out 18 times overall, a team record for a nine-inning game. Many of those came on breaking pitches against Boyd , a left-hander who became the first Detroit pitcher to open a season with consecutive double-digit strikeout games since at least 1908.
“He had all of his stuff going,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “His fastball going, his slider and everything.”
Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was pulled because of a strained left calf. Manager Aaron Boone said Tulowitzki “almost certainly” is headed to the injured list.
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Nationals 9, Phillies 8: Jake Noll — who was optioned to the minors after the game — drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in the ninth for host Washington. Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper reached in all five plate appearances — two singles, three walks — to boost his batting average to .500 and his on-base percentage to .652.
Rockies 1, Rays 0: Chris Iannetta homered with one out in the 11th as visiting Colorado stopped a four-game losing streak by halting Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak. The Rays went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on, including at least two in every inning from the sixth through 10th.
Brewers 1, Reds 0: Manny Piña singled home a run with Milwaukee’s only hit off Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo and Freddy Peralta struck out 11 in eight innings as the visiting Brewers improved to 6-1. Castillo walked four and struck out nine in seven innings.
Mets 6, Marlins 4: Jacob deGrom clubbed a homer and struck out a career-high 14 in seven shutout innings as visiting New York completed a three-game sweep.
Rangers 4, Astros 0: Mike Minor pitched seven sharp innings and Nomar Mazara homered for host Texas. Houston manager AJ Hinch and hitting coach Alex Cintron were ejected in the second for arguing with umpire Ron Kulpa.
White Sox 8, Indians 3: Jose Abreu drove in three runs and Leury Garcia had four hits as visiting Chicago beat Cleveland and Corey Kluber, who had won his previous nine decisions against the White Sox.
Twins 7, Royals 6: Eddie Rosario singled home pinch-runner Byron Buxton in the ninth inning for visiting Minnesota, which overcame a three-run deficit to improve to 4-1.
Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1: Manny Machado hit his first home run for host San Diego, which avoided a three-game sweep.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 3: Randal Grichuk hit two home runs and Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings as host Toronto avoided a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 4: Tyler O’Neill singled home Kolten Wong in the 10th to put visiting St. Louis ahead for good as the Cardinals rallied to win for the second straight day.
Braves 6, Cubs 4: Johan Camargo hit a go-ahead, three-run double as host Atlanta took advantage of five walks by Chicaog relievers in the eighth inning to win. It was the Cubs’ third blown save in five games.
Briefly: The White Sox and Cardinals announced that their home openers, scheduled for Thursday against the Mariners and Padres, respectively, are being pushed to Friday because of poor weather forecasts for their areas. … Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb, who had been sidelined because of a groin injury, was activated from the injured list. … Cleveland manager Terry Francona signed a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season. … The Cubs signed backup infielder David Bote to a five-year, $15 million extension through the 2024 season.
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