Without getting creative, it's hard to imagine Friday being any worse for the Detroit Tigers.
The tumult started in the wee hours of Friday morning, when Delmon Young was arrested on charges of hate crime harassment.
Things were disheartening on the field, as well. The Tigers lost 7-6 by way of a passed ball that the Yankees used to score the winning run, creating the rare walk-off wild pitch.
That's the backstory as Drew Smyly goes for his first major league win Saturday. Smyly has been nails in three starts this year. Granted, he isn't pitching a lot of innings -- a total of 16.0 in the three starts -- but everything else has been ace-like. He has 15 strikeouts in those 16 innings and has given up just two runs.
He'll go up against Freddy Garcia, who is 0-1 with a 9.75 ERA and has made Smyly look like a workhorse. In three starts Garcia has pitched just 12.0 innings, and last time out he didn't make it to the third inning.
Saturday's game is schedule to start at 4:05 ET.
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