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DETROIT'S JOHNNY DAMON WITH A
T-1ST DIVING CATCH AND GRANDY
@ NYC, NY:
The Yankee game plan was to
run up Justin Verlander's pitch
count and get him out of the game early and then work on the overworked Tiger
Verlander cooperated, most of his problems of his own making, and he was out
of the game after only 5-IP and 114 pitches/66 strikes, trailing 3-1.
The Yankees went on to post a 6-2 Tuesday night win over Detroit to even
the 4-game Bronx series at a game apiece and put a stop to the Tiger 3-game
road winning streak.
The Tigers had a promising start when Austin Jackson led-off the ballgame
with a first-pitch homerun (#2) to LField off New York ace C.C. Sabathia (W, 16-5).
Verlander (L, 13-8) then dug himself a hole with a 35 pitch B-1st. Verlander
threw nine of his first 13 pitches out of the strike zone and never did get
in-sync with his shoulder flying open on most of his deliveries causing him to
miss high and wide. When JV threw another 28 pitches in the B-2nd his fate was
sealed even though he retired 11 of the last 14 Yankees he faced.
Verlander walked three and yielded two hits in the B-1st, going to 3-ball
counts on five of the seven men he faced. The Yanks went ahead 2-1 on a bases
loaded 2r1B to shallow LField by Nick Swisher. The inning ended without further
damage when ex-Tiger Marcus Thames bounced back to Verlander for a bases
loaded, 1-2-3 double play.
Former Tiger Curtis Granderson led-off the B-2nd by bombing a homerun (#12)
to the first row of the second tier of the RField lower deck.
Verlander didn't allow any more runs, but the damage was already done.
Just back up from Toledo the day before, first Tiger reliever Daniel Schlereth
was charged with the other three New York runs. The Yankees made it 4-1/B-6th
when speedy Brett Gardner blooped a 2-out double down the RField line and then
scored on an RBI-1B by Derek Jeter. Robinson Cano led-off the B-7th with a homerun
(#22) to RField. Schlereth hit Swisher with a pitch. Two Tiger pitching changes later
Swisher scored on a bases loaded sac-fly by Ramiro Pena.
The other Tiger tally was on a Brandon Inge solo homer (#8) to LField which briefly
made it 4-2/T-7th.
Inge was the only Tiger with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and Gardner the only Yank
with multiple safeties with a 2-for-3 & 1-W performance.
Sabathia went 7-IP to yield 2-R/2-ER on 5-H & 3-W with 9-K and became the American
League's first 16 game winner.
Verlander's log read 3-R/3-ER on 5-H & 5-W with 5-K in his 5-IP.
DET 2-7-0, 7-LOB (L) Verlander, 13-8
NYY 6-9-0, 10-LOB (W) Sabathia, 16-5
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "It was marquee pitchers matching up. You have to pitch
well against a guy like Sabathia because he's going to be stingy. Verlander was the key
tonight and he just wasn't good. He just didn't make any adjustments -- he just didn't
or couldn't...If you want to pitch more innings, you have to do it in fewer pitches."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: "The only thing I can say is that this is probably the worst
I've felt on the mound as a professional baseball player. Nothing was any good...I can't
pitch that way. There's no excuse for that...Even when I threw strikes, they were right
down the middle."
NYY CF CURTIS GRANDERSON: "On the home run, I was looking for a pitch I could hit. I got
one and didn't miss it."
NYY RF NICK SWISHER: "It was nice to get out there, especially against Verlander, their
ace, to put some runs on the board. CC, our horse, took care of the rest."
All five Tiger runs so far in the Bronx series have come via the homerun and the
Tigers have hit 10 homers in the last four games.
Detroit 1Bman Miguel Cabrera entered the game 7-for-11 lifetime against Sabathia,
but went 0-for-2 plus a walk against the Yankee lefty Tuesday night. Overall, Cabrera
Tiger CA Gerald Laird came out of the game after 6-INN because he suffered a broken
blood vessel on his right elbow blocking a pitch in the dirt and was unable to straighten his
Tigers 2Bman Carlos Guillen was sidelined with a swollen left knee after a Monday
night collision with Gardner on a game-ending double play. MRI results were clean on
any possible ligament damage.
Yankee 3Bman Alex Rodriguez also was sidelined with an injury suffered Monday, a
low grade left calf strain.
Early Tuesday the Tigers announced they'd beaten the midnight deadline to agree
to contract terms with three high picks from the June, 2010 draft. Top choice (44th overall)
3Bman Nick Castellanos (Archbishop McCarthy HS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL), RHP Chance Ruffin
(Univ. of Texas, #48 overall) and LHP Drew Smyly (Univ. of Arkansas, 2nd-Rd) all agreed to
give the Tigers 33 deals with their 50 draftees.
Wednesday night's probable pitchers are Dustin Moseley (2-2, 4.41) of New York and
Jeremy Bonderman (6-8, 5.16) for the Tigers.
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