New York Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Yankee Stadium in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Shane Greene capped a series of fine starting pitching, working into the ninth inning and then watching closer David Robertson get pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play as the New York Yankees edged the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Thursday.
Robertson relieved after Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a single, and he walked Victor Martinez. Robertson came back to induce Cabrera to bounce into a double play and got Don Kelly to softly line out to shortstop with a runner on third for his 31st save and New York’s fifth win in six games.
Stephen Drew’s RBI ground-rule double was the only extra-base hit in a game dominated by Greene and fellow 25-year-old starter Rick Porcello.
The Yankees took two of three in games started by the Tigers’ Cy Young Award winners with spectacular efforts from their rotation. But New York’s rookie had the best outing of them all against the AL Central leaders.