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Posted on: 04-29-2009

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    Nick Swisher hit a pair of
homeruns, one from each side
of the plate, to power the New
York Yankees past the Tigers 8-6 Wednesday night in the rubber game of a
3-game series.
    Swisher hit three homers in the two Yankee wins after New York had lost
the opening contest Monday night. The Yanks powered their way to both of
their wins with a big inning in each of those favorable decisions.
    Although he didn't know it at the time, the victory was Joe Girardi's 100th
as Yankee manager in one season plus one month.
    The Tigers had Yankee starter Joba Chamberlain on the ropes when Detroit
loaded the bases twice in the B-3rd, a frame wher Chamberlain walked three
batters. However, all the Tigers managed from that threat was a sac-fly
(more of a line drive, really) by Placido Polanco that scored Brandon Inge for
a 1-0 Tiger advantage. Chamberlain struck-out Detroit's Miguel Cabrera
for the inning's third out.
    After escaping the threat both the Yankee batters and Chamberlain
immediately responded.
    The Yanks had earned an 11-0 Tuesday night victory courtesy of a 10-R/T-7th.
Wednesday, it was a 7-R/T-4th that carried New York to the win.
    Swisher began the NYY ousburst by muscling a 3-2 count hanging changeup
from Tiger rookie starter Rick Porcello the opposite way for a 3rHR (#6) to the
LField bullpen. Johnny Damon added an RBI-2B. Hideki Matsui clubbed a 3r2B off the
LField fence off first Tiger reliever Clay Rapada to cap the inning to give New York
a 7-1 bulge.
    Chamberlain (W, 1-0) then took over, retiring 10 Tigers in a row and needing just
88-pitches/50-strikes to get through 7-IP (to tie his MLB  career-longest outing).
Chamberlain yielded 1-R/1-ER on 3-H & 3-W. Four of Chamberlain's six strike-outs
came after his Yankee teammates had given him the big lead and he could attack the
strike zone without fear of falling behind.
    Switched around from the left to the right side of the plate by the change in Tiger
pitchers, Swisher lofted his second homerun of the game (#7), a T-5th solo shot to the
LField seats off Rapada, to make it 8-1.
    It appeared the Tigers would go quietly for a second consecutive contest until
Detroit added a 5-R/B-9th off the New York bullpen to make the final score look
    Gerald Laird had a sac-fly, Inge a G-Rule-2B to the LField corner and Curtis
Granderson a 2-out 3rHR (#7) to RField in the tardy rally try.
   Yankee closer Mariano Rivera served up the Granderson dinger before getting the
final out in a non-save situation. The rest of the runs in the B-9th were charged to
third NYY hurler Jonathan Albaladejo, whose ERA rose to 8.18.
    Porcello (L, 1-3) lasted just 3.2-IP and 75-pitches/43-strikes. Although he'd given up
only one hit, a T-1st INF-1B, until the 7-R/T-4th (the early Damon safety on a play where
Porcello was late covering the bag at 1Base), Porcello was tagged for 6-R/6-ER (career-highs
in runs allpowed) on 6-H & 3-W. Swisher's first homerun was the sixth Porcello has allowed in
his four starts this year.
    Rapada gave up 2-R/2-ER in 1.2-IP in his first 2009 big league outing after his Tuesday
recall from 3A Toledo. Joel Zumaya (2-IP), Ryan Perry (1-IP) and Juan Rincon (1-IP) all
pitched scoreless Detroit relief. Perry continued to battle wildness and issued 3-W in the
T-8th before he eacaped scoreboard damage.
    Damon went 2-for-4 and Swisher 2-for-5 with 4-RBI at the plate for New York.
    Carlos Guillen (limited to DH duty for a sixth straight game by a sore right Achilles'
tendon) was 2-for-4 for the Tigers.
    Both teams are now 11-10 on the season.

    NYY       8-9-0, 9-LOB      (W) Chamberlain, 1-0
    DET        6-7-0, 5-LOB      (L) Porcello, 1-3


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "(Porcello) only threw one curveball, I think, for a
strike, and obviously, you can't be a 1 1/2-pitch pitcher against a team like the
Yankees, with that many left-handed bats in there tonight... I don't think you
make any kind of rash judgment right after a performance like tonight. I think
you think about things. All the equipment's there. He's very bright, he's very
teachable, coachable, so that's a good sign...I always feel like a million dollars
when (Miguel) Cabrera is up, particularly with men on base. But you have to give
Chamberlain credit, he threw a nasty hook (to end the B-3rd with a K).”

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   ""It was a bad pitch (on Swisher's 3rHR). That was
the thing that just bothered me the most. I felt it was the right pitch, just in
a bad spot. Normally, I don't let it get to me...You're frustrated, because you
want to go out there and you want to succeed. You want to do well for your team.
You want to do well for your fans and the organization...It's a lot more magnified
here than it would be in the minor leagues...I've had success, and I know I can
compete and be successful at this level. There's no question there. It's a matter
of learning."

TIGERS C GERALD LAIRD:   ""(Porcello) cruised through three (innings), then left
some pitches up. You could tell he tried to do a little too much at times. But for
the most part he threw the ball fine. It was a good test for him...He has to get
his off-speed stuff going. The first time through, he was able to live with his sinker,
then they started making him elevate it. Hey, he's two years out of high school,
a work in progress. When he starts getting it, he's going to be tough to beat."

TIGERS RP JOEL ZUMAYA:   "I was throwing strikes and if (100-mph) popped up (on
the radar gun , that's a real good thing. But I'm just going to try and pound the
zone...That's going to be my key to success."

TIGERS DH CARLOS GUILLEN:   "I'm accustomed to being in the field every day. It's
hard to stay loose when you DH...This is the first time this (type of injury) has
happened to me...I don't feel comfortable. This isn't me."

YANKEES MGR JOE GIRARDI:   "You wonder what our record would be without
(Swisher). He’s the reason we emphasized depth so much. We wanted to have
guys like Swish that could get hot and really help us. He’s been hitting the ball,
and tonight he was diving all over the place on defense...I had no idea (it was his
100th NYY win). I’d like to get 100 in a season, though."

YANKEES OF NICK SWISHER:   "That’s awesome...All cylinders were clicking,.. It’s
only going to get better when we get Alex (Rodriguez) back and (Chien-Ming) Wang
back (from injuries). If we can keep getting this pitching and hitting, it’s going to
be a fun year.”

YANKEES SP JOBA CHAMBERLAIN:   "After the third inning, I said, `Enough is enough.'
They’ve got a great lineup and I knew I had to get things under control, so I really
started to attack.”


    Swisher became the 10th player in Yankee history to homer from both sides of
the plate in the same game, a feat accomplished 27 different times by those 10
    The Yankees received word DLed 3Bman Alex Rodriguez had taken batting practice
at the Yankee training facility in Tampa and could return from hip surgery in about
10 days.
    Porcello was making his fourth big league start/appearance, but his first at
Comerica Park. The Morristown, NJ native grew up as a New York Mets fan, but his
parents were Yankee fans until Porcello inked with Detroit.
    Granderson's 3rHR was only the second ever hit by a Tiger off Rivera. The other
was a Bobby Higginson game-tying solo homerun on 7/6/1999 at original Yankee Stadium.
    Inge was 1-for-3 with a W, 2B, RBI & 2-R and has reached base in each of Detroit's
21 games to tie his own mark of 2005 for getting on at the start-of-the-season.
    The CoPa stadium warning system sounded in the B-8th, briefly interrupting play
and sending fans toward the exits until it was announced the loud blast was a false
alarm. A fire alarm near one of the concession stands went off and automatically
triggered the stadium-wide alarm system.
    The Tigers are idle Thursday before opening a 3-game weekend home series vs
Cleveland Friday night. Armando Galarraga (3-0), Zach Miner (2-1) and Justin Verlander
(1-2) are Detroit's scheduled starters for the series. The Indians have posted Carl Pavano
(0-3), Aaron Laffey (2-0) and Cliff Lee (1-3) as probables.



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