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Posted on: 07-19-2009

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@ NYC, NY:

    Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira
each homered for the second time in
the series (A-Rod for the second
straight day), Mariano Rivera posted
a save for the third consecutive day
and the Yankees beat Detroit by the
same 2-1 score in back-to-back games
to complete a 3-game weekend series sweep Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.
    New York had solo shots by Rodriguez (#19) to the LField bullpen with 2-outs
in the B-4th and by Teixeira (#23) to the second deck in RField with 1-out in the
B-6th to overcome a brief 1-0 Tiger lead.
    Detroit's only tally was likewise via a solo shot, a lead-off homerun (#6) by
Clete Thomas to RField in the T-4th.
    Tiger bats were even more silent Sunday than they had been in the two previous
games at the New Yankee Stadium. The Tigers managed only 4-H and went 0-for-6
with runners in scoring position. The Yanks weren't much better with 5-H and an
0-for-5 RISP performance.
    Detroit was 1-for-26 with RISP in the 3-game series defeat.
    Sunday's top Tiger threat saw Curtis Granderrson triple (on a generous scoring
decision) with 1-out in the T-5th. Placido Polanco was then HBP to put runners
at the corners. However, Miguel Cabrera popped out to 2Base and Marcus Thames
struck-out as the potential rally fizzled.
    The matinee belonged to the pitchers with NYY RHP Joba Chamberlain getting
his first win (5-2) since June 24th (3-NDs). Chamberlain scattered 3-H & 3-W with
8-K over his 6.2-IP. Phil Coke retired the only batter he faced on one pitch to end
the T-7th. Phil Hughes threw a scoreless T-8th with 2-K. Rivera closed the door in
the T-9th for the save (#26).
    Fresh off his 4-pitch scoreless All-Star inning, Tiger starter Edwin Jackson
(L, 7-5) went 7-IP to yield 5-H & 5-W with 4-K. Jackson has held the opposition
to two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 19 Tiger starts. Brandon Lyon finished up
with a perfect B-8th.  
    Jackson was assisted by a pair of nifty 4-6-3 double plays started by Polanco.
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
    Teixeira and Rodrigurz were both 2-for-4 for the Yanks.
    The Yankees took the season series from Detroit 5-1. The Tigers had swept
their last visit to original Yankee Stadium last year.

     DET     1-4-0, 8-LOB     (L) Jackson, 7-5
     NYY     2-5-1, 7-LOB     (W) Chamberlain, 5-2; (S) Rivera, #26


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "When you come in here and see Mariano Rivera
three straight days, that's not good...If you would have told me we would have
held them to nine runs in three games, I would have told you we might have had
a sweep. Two out of three for sure. Our pitchers did a tremendous job the entire
series...We've got quite a few big boys (in the line-up). The big boys have to do it."

TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   "It is what it is. I don't worry about what I can't control,
other than just sit around and hope for the best...Those are two strong dudes (in
Rodriguez and Teixeira)."

TIGERS RF CLETE THOMAS:   "Sometimes guys see runners in scoring position and
start to change their swings to knock them in when a single will do."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:   "I just have to do a better job and focus. When you
see guys in scoring position, you have to hit them in. We'll see if we can do a better
job and just play hard."

TIGERS DH MARCUS THAMES:   "You see (your pitchers) out there throwing up strikes
and getting quick outs, and we come in and have a quick inning ourselves, I feel like
I'm letting them down...We just have to go up and stay focused. You just have to try
to get a good pitch and hit it. I stunk the whole series with runners on base. Edwin
and all our pitchers did great, but we couldn't get that one hit."

YANKEES SP JOBA CHAMBERLAIN:   "I got back to just being aggressive and having
that swagger that got me here...I realized I was having fun, but I wasn't being the
Joba Chamberlain I should have been (in recent outings)."

YANKEES 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ:   "I think it was good for our whole team to get a break
(during the 4-day All-Star down time), especially with all the day games we have coming
up...Joba did a lot of good things. You don't see guys throw 91 (mph) in the first and 97
in the seventh. He mixed in his curveball and his changeup much better today. If he does
that, he's going to be tough to beat."


    A-Rod's homer was #572 of his MLB career, one behind HoFamer Harmon Killebrew
for 9th place on the all-time list.
    Rivera is 19-for-19 in save opportunities against the Tigers since 2000 with just
1-ER in 30-IP.
    Tiger Gerald Laird drew a 2-out, 3-2 pitch walk from Rivera to briefly delay the
conclusion of the game. It was only the fourth free pass Rivera has issued this season.
    The Yankees held their 63rd annual "Old Timers Day" before Sunday's game.
Recently retired Mike Mussina was among who played in the Bombers vs Clippers
contest. Four HoFamers were there too:  Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Goose
Gossage and Yogi Berra.
    DLed Tiger LF/DH Carlos Guillen is experiencing right shoulder soreness when
the switch-hitter bats from the right side of the plate in his minor league injury
rehab stint with the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers (3-for-12 with 3-R, 1-2B,
4-W & 3-K in 5-GP). If the soreness subsides Guillen may move up to the 3A Toledo
Mud Hens this week.    
    The Tigers open a 6-day, 7-game homestand Tuesday night by hosting Seattle
in the first game of a 3-game series. Detroit probable pitchers are Rick Porcello
(8-6), Armando Galarraga (5-8) and Luke French (1-0). The Mariners are slated to
throw Garrett Olson (3-3), Felix Hernandez (10-3) and Jarrod Washburn (7-6).


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