Tigers 4, Yankees 0: After 24 Runs in 2 Games, Yankees Are Shutout by Good Pitching

Yankees’ shortstop Starlin Castro was unable to turn a double play when the Tigers’ Andrew Romine was called safe after a video replay challenge.

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DETROIT — If Hal Steinbrenner’s Yankees, the only team in baseball that did not sign a free agent over the winter, had been like his father’s Yankees, there might not have been such a calculated decision to refrain from adding to what is baseball’s second-highest payroll.

But the Yankees these days are more circumspect with their spending — still willing to spend, but only when they are able to shed some of their onerous contracts, none of which came off the books after last season.

So while General Manager Brian Cashman was creative in the trade market, shrewdly acquiring second baseman Starlin Castro and closer Aroldis Chapman, he could do little to address the team’s most glaring need because the best place to shop for starting pitching is the free-agent market.

The Yankees got a glimpse of what that opportunity cost looked like on Friday.

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