New York Yankees: 5 takeaways from Detroit Tigers series

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Jun 21, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

– Tanaka struggles

With the Yankees looking for the sweep on Father’s Day, they turned to their ace Masahiro Tanaka to make it happen.

After coming off of the disabled list, Tanaka was great in his last three starts against the Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, and Miami Marlins. Sunday afternoon was a very different story against the Detroit Tigers.

Tanaka pitched just five innings allowing seven runs, five of which were earned on 10 hits. Tanaka struggled to keep the ball in the park, as he allowed three homeruns against the powerful Tigers’ lineup.

It was bit shocking to see Tanaka struggle at home, but after a blowout loss on Saturday night, the Tigers had to be motivated to come out and score runs on Sunday. Tanaka did look good for stretches during the game, but the Tigers’ offense did a lot of damage early to him.

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