Nick Castellanos drove in two runs with a double during Detroit’s four-run, six-hit first inning against Kuroda. Trevor Crowe had a two-run double during the third.
“I think the velocity is pretty good,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “It’s a matter of small changes mechanically. I need to make adjustments, especially on my slider. I had a hard time finding good pitches, so that’s what led to a bad result.”
Kuroda also faced the Tigers last Friday, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out five over 2 2-3 scoreless innings.
Anibal Sanchez allowed one run, three hits and struck out three in four innings for Detroit. The right-hander retired his first six batters before Francisco Cervelli hit a third-inning solo homer.
Sanchez also pitched against the Yankees last Friday, allowing two runs and four hits, including a long two-run homer to Carlos Beltran, in three innings.
“He did a nice job, same as last time,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “Looked like he had a little extra zip on his fastball.”
Cervelli hit his second solo shot of the game in the fifth off Evan Reed.
The start was delayed 26 minutes due to rain.
Tigers: Shortstop Jose Iglesias, sidelined by shin splints on Feb. 27, might play this weekend.
“I guess he could be,” Ausmus said. “It depends on how he feels. We’re really waiting for this pain to subside enough so that he can get in the lineup.”
Yankees: Infielder Brendan Ryan, out with lower back tightness, played catch and ran, but is not expected back until next week.
The Yankees lost their first challenge of an umpire’s call in the seventh inning when Brian Roberts was called out at first after second baseman Devon Travis misplayed his grounder but recovered to make the throw in time.