- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Kyle Lobstein doesn’t know how long he’s going to keep Justin Verlander’s spot in the Detroit Tigers rotation.

That’s why every outing is so important to him.

On Tuesday, Lobstein pitched well in Detroit’s 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, allowing one run on three hits and four walks in six innings.

“I would like to throw more strikes than that, try and get deeper in the game,” he said. “But overall I was able to make some pitches to get out of some jams.”

Lobstein put up good numbers despite off-and-on rain and a temperature that dropped through the 40s as the game went on.

“That’s not really something you can practice for, or prepare for, when you get rain or weather like that,” he said. “In the end you just got to try and work through it.”

Lobstein left trailing 1-0, but four relievers gave up three runs in the seventh inning.

“We were pretty sloppy in that inning,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “You can’t go 1-0 and 2-0 on every single hitter.”

Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) allowed one run on eight hits and a walk in seven-plus innings to pick up his first win as a Yankee.

“I moved my arm a little closer to my body in my last bullpen (session), and I was able to keep it there for most of the game,” he said. “It really helped my command.”

Eovaldi was helped by four New York double plays, one of which he started himself. With a runner on first in the second inning, Yoenis Cespedes hit a liner up the middle. Eovaldi made a blind snag off his chest, then got to the tricky part of the play.

“I didn’t realize how much time I had, and I almost threw the ball away,” he said. “I gator-armed it, but (Mark Teixeira) saved me by digging it out.”

The Tigers scored a run in the ninth when Andrew Miller walked Nick Castellanos and Rajai Davis to force in a run, but Miller struck out Jose Iglesias to pick up his fifth save.

New York took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Teixeira’s RBI double, but the game quickly turned into a duel between Lobstein and Eovaldi.

The Yankees added a pair of insurance runs with a pair of solo homers in the seventh. Chris Young led off with his fourth off Ian Krol’s 3-1 pitch, and Stephen Drew hit a 2-0 pitch for his fourth two batters later.

Later in the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a wild pitch by Al Alburquerque, Detroit’s third pitcher of the inning.

Detroit made it 4-1 in the bottom of the inning on Cespedes’ sacrifice fly.

Alex Rodriguez nearly hit his 659th career homer in the ninth, but Cespedes made the catch at the wall in left-centerfield. Two batters later, Castellanos’ error allowed Brett Gardner to score New York’s fifth run.


Yankees: LHP Chris Capuano (right quadriceps) is scheduled to throw two innings Wednesday in his first extended spring training game and could return in mid-May. … RHP Ivan Nova (right elbow surgery), who appears on target to be back in June, threw 35 pitches broken down into two segments in his third batting practice session and will have a simulated game Friday. … INF Brendan Ryan (calf) has resumed taking batting practice and fielding grounders.

Tigers: RHP Joe Nathan (flexor strain) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. If all goes well, Nathan hopes to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday. . Ausmus said there is no timetable for RHP Verlander (triceps strain) to resume throwing.


Yankees: Adam Warren (0-1, 4.82 ERA) will face Detroit in the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday night. Warren is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four relief outings against the Tigers.

Tigers: David Price (1-0, 0.40 ERA) goes against the Yankees Wednesday night for the 27th time in his career, including 26 starts. Price is 10-6 against New York with a 4.03 ERA, his second highest against any American League team (5.37 vs Texas).

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