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 ofthe spring Friday, yielding only that one hit in the Tigers' 7-4 loss tothe New York Yankees.

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

''Anythingcan happen in your first time out,'' Scherzer said. ''You can come outhere and walk the house, or you can come in and be dominant. You justnever 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'sdrive to right leading off the second was the only hit by that trio.

''Idon't know if I've ever hit a home run this early in camp,'' saidMcCann, who left the Atlanta Braves for an $85 million, five-year dealwith 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.


Adam Warrenis one of a few candidates in the mix to become New York's No. 5starter. The right-hander allowed a double and two walks in the firstinning, 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.''


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.

''Wewant them to take chances now,'' Ausmus said. ''You hope that createskind of an overall mentality of baserunning as a team.''

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

''Miggysaw the third baseman over - the third baseman was playing over towardthe shortstop hole,'' Ausmus said. ''Miggy's not just trotting tosecond. He's going to second and he's aware of where people are. He'sinto the game.''

Torii Hunterwas cut down at the plate when he tried to score from second onCabrera's single in the third, and in the sixth, Steven Moya was thrownout trying to stretch a single to a double.


Tigers: Ace Justin Verlandersaid he's still ''on track'' after throwing about 50 pitches Friday.Verlander had surgery in January following a groin injury but hopes tobe ready for the start of the season.

Yankees: Outfielder Alfonso Sorianoworked out for the fourth straight day after being sidelined byflu-like symptoms, and said he still feels a little dizzy at times.Soriano hopes to play soon in his first spring training game.

New York's Michael Pineda,another candidate for the last spot in the rotation, will pitch Sundayin a simulated game. He missed the last two years after right shouldersurgery.


While Verlander works his way backfrom his operation, his younger brother Ben was playing left field forthe Tigers. Ben Verlander was one of 13 minor leaguers who joined theteam's split squad for the game. He went hitless in two at-bats.

''Tobe able to come out here and play with these guys, to this point is oneof the best experiences of my life,'' Ben Verlander said. ''To saythere weren't nerves would be a lie. There were a lot of nerves.''

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