Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees an unexpected boost last season, but he’s been unexpected drain this year. For a second consecutive start, Garcia failed to pitch out of the second inning. He gave up six runs in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers and saw his ERA swell to 12.51. Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher each homered — Swisher went deep twice — and the bullpen allowed just one run through 7.1 innings, but Garcia’s outing was too much to overcome. A three-run ninth was enough to bring the tying run to the plate, but Eric Chavez flied to deep right field to end it. Although Joe Girardi has previous said the team has no plans of putting David Phelps in the rotation, Phelps delivered three hitless innings of relief and looks like a more reliable option than Garcia, who’s pitched through the fifth inning only once this season and has allowed at least five runs in each of his past three starts.
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