McCann homers off Scherzer, Yankees top Tigers 7-4

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Max Scherzer allowed a second-inning homer by Yankees newcomer Brian McCann, but the Detroit right-hander was otherwise sharp in his first start of the spring Friday, yielding only that one hit in the Tigers’ 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees.

Scherzer, the American League’s Cy Young Award winner, struck out two without a walk.

“Anything can happen in your first time out,” Scherzer said. “You can come out here and walk the house, or you can come in and be dominant. You just never know.”

Three of New York’s top free agent signings from the offseason - McCann, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury - made the trip to Lakeland to face Detroit’s split squad. McCann’s drive to right leading off the second was the only hit by that trio.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever hit a home run this early in camp,” said McCann, who left the Atlanta Braves for an $85 million, five-year deal with New York. “I don’t know if it’s a good sign or a bad sign.”

Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte also homered for the Yankees.

STARTING TIME

Adam Warren is one of a few candidates in the mix to become New York’s No. 5 starter. The right-hander allowed a double and two walks in the first inning, but baserunning mistakes by Detroit prevented any scoring.

Warren allowed another double in the second but again kept the Tigers off the board.

“A little jumpy the first inning,” Warren said. “I’m not pleased with the walks, but I know that’s not normal for me.”

BASERUNNING BLUES

The Tigers expect to be faster on the basepaths this season after trading Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler and signing fleet-footed outfielder Rajai Davis.

Detroit spent much of Friday’s game running into outs, but manager Brad Ausmus wasn’t upset with his team’s aggressiveness.

“We want them to take chances now,” Ausmus said. “You hope that creates kind of an overall mentality of baserunning as a team.”

Davis doubled in the first, then was picked off second. Miguel Cabrera was thrown out to end that inning in bizarre fashion when he tried to go from first to third on a walk, hoping to catch the Yankees off guard.

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