Yankees sweep Tigers with 2-0 win
By: Mike Stiles -
Monday, May 3, 2021
(NEW YORK) – Corey Kluber was so good, he even smiled. The right-hander handcuffed Detroit batters Sunday to hear his 100tha career win as the Yankees beat the Tigers 2-0 and swept their weekend series. The pitcher nicknamed Klubot for his robot-like demeanor grinned when congratulated in the dugout after his final inning. Kluber combined on a two-hitter that helped New York (14-14) complete its first series sweep this season and get back to .500 for the first time since the Yankees were 5-5. Before last month, Kluber had pitched one inning since May 1, 2019, due to a broken forearm when hit by a comebacker and a torn shoulder muscle. Kluber (2-2) looked like the pitcher who won AL Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017. He allowed two hits in eight innings, walked one and struck out 10 to reach double digits for the 47th time but first since Sept. 24, 2018. Kluber threw 74 of 103 pitches for strikes. Detroit has lost five straight and 10 of 11, dropping to a major league-worst 8-21. The Tigers have been blanked in three of their last four games and six times overall, on pace for 33 shutouts this season. Detroit batters struck out 12 times, increasing their total to 305 in 29 games. José Ureña (1-4) was nearly as good as Kluber but was hurt by the smallest of margins. Ureña allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.