After snapping the Detroit Tigers ' 12-game winning streak, the Yankees look to win consecutive games for the first time in almost a month Saturday in the Bronx.
Mariano Rivera blew a second save in as many games when Miguel Cabrera hit a tying two-run, two-out homer in the ninth Friday, but Brett Gardner 's single helped New York (58-56) end a four-game slide with a 4-3, 10-inning win."It was just one heck of a game, it really was," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Terrific game."
The Yankees, 7-14 since winning three in a row July 10-12, are 10 games back in the AL East and in the middle of the wild-card pack."Well, I hope it jump-starts it a lot," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to win series. We need to win a lot of games moving forward."
New York is 1-3 since Rodriguez made his season debut following a hip injury.
In the process of appealing his 211-game drug suspension, Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his home debut and was greeted often with loud boos throughout the night. He's 3 for 15 with no RBIs and has fanned five times.
"Alex has had to deal with stuff before," Girardi said. "He's been booed before. He knows what he has to do and I expect him to do it.
"It's something he has to be able to put out of his mind and just be a player for us."
Detroit (68-46) lost for the second time in 18 games but might have a good chance to bounce back against scheduled New York starter Phil Hughes (4-10, 4.87 ERA), who is 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his last five starts.
The right-hander has allowed five runs in each of the last two starts, during which he's yielded 15 hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up six of those hits and walked three in 2 2-3 frames of a 6-3 loss at San Diego on Sunday.
"It's been like a nightmare I can't wake up from," Hughes told the Yankees' official website. "It's like a battle every time, even if I have a good start. It's not easy."
Since throwing a four-hitter in a 5-1 victory at Detroit on June 3, 2012, Hughes is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA against the Tigers - including a loss in Game 3 of last year's ALCS. He allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings of an 8-4 loss at Comerica Park on April 6.
Detroit counters with Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 2.58), who allowed three hits and struck out seven in seven innings of the Tigers' 3-0 win in Game 2 to improve to 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts versus the Yankees.
The right-hander has allowed four runs in 26 2-3 innings while going 2-1 in his last four starts overall. He gave up two of those runs while striking out 11 in 7 2-3 innings and not factoring in the decision of Detroit's comeback 4-2 win at Cleveland on Monday.
Cabrera has two homers and nine of his major league-leading 108 RBIs in the last four contests.
Including the postseason, Cabrera has hit .340 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs in 28 games in the Bronx. He's 12 for 26 (.462) with four homers and three doubles against Hughes.
|July 31, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained lower abdomen|
|July 31, 2013||Luis Marte||15-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|July 25, 2013||Torii Hunter||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left Achilles|
|July 23, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 14, 2013||Justin Verlander||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right quadriceps tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Darin Downs||15-Day DL||Left rotator cuff tendinitis|
|New York Yankees|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Calf|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|July 20, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 19, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||Day-to-Day||Left game - left ankle sprain|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jim Leyland has nearly half a century in baseball. Torii Hunter is a five-time All-Star. Anibal Sanchez is a rising talent. Whatever the perspective, the opinion is the same: Miguel Cabrera is on a whole different level.
Cabrera homered against the Yankees again and had three hits while playing on a bandaged leg and Torii Hunter connected and drove in four runs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory over New York on Saturday.
"It's hard to believe what we are seeing," Leyland said. "I'm seeing things that are mind-boggling."
Sanchez (10-7) tossed seven easy innings against a Yankees lineup that was without Alex Rodriguez . Manager Joe Girardi said he was giving the third baseman a day off after he struck out three times in his season debut in the Bronx.
Austin Jackson followed a four-hit, three-double night Friday with a homer and triple against the organization that drafted him. Don Kelly had a two-run single after Phil Hughes (4-11) was lifted in a four-run fifth to help the AL Central leaders win for the 17th time in 21 games since the All-Star break.
Hunter and Kelly each had three of Detroit's 17 hits and Victor Martinez had an RBI double.
Lounging on a clubhouse couch Saturday morning, Cabrera was wearing a big, square Band-Aid over the spot on his left shin where he fouled one of two balls Friday night before homering off Mariano Rivera to send the game into extra innings. Detroit lost that one to end a 12-game win streak, but the Tigers rolled along Saturday behind the hobbled Triple Crown winner.
"Sore," Cabrera said after driving in his 109th run. "It's a long season. You go through a lot of stuff with injuries. You got to try to hang in and battle."
Cabrera singled in the first and connected in the third on an inside pitch for his 35th of the year. He singled against Hughes in the fifth, slowly working his way around the bases and scoring on Kelly's two-run single in a four-run inning.
"It's not about talk," Cabrera said. "It's about going out there and play."
A-Rod, who bolted the ballpark before talking to the media Friday night, was not surprised that Cabrera was able to homer while in so much pain.
"The guy is amazing. I mean that was a joke," Rodriguez said Saturday. "Everyone thought he was dead - it was like the movies, you've got to shoot him to make sure he's dead. I knew he wasn't coming out of the game and said, `Don't fall for that bait of limping around.' He's a dangerous guy."
Hunter homered off Joba Chamberlain in the sixth to make it 9-2. Fans booed the little-used reliever about as much as they jeered Hughes, who failed to get past the fifth inning for the ninth time in 22 starts this season.
Jackson tripled over the head of center fielder Brett Gardner to start the game, and he scored on Hunter's sacrifice fly. Cabrera homered in the third on a pitch that appeared as if it might hit his knee, and Jackson sent a one-out line drive over the left-field fence in the fifth.
"He knows how to make adjustments. Once you think you got him, `Nah.' He got you figured out already," Hunter said. "Miguel's definitely the best hitter on the planet."
The slumped-shouldered Hughes was lifted following Hunter's single. He allowed seven hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings, striking out six without a walk.
"I have to keep grinding," Hughes said. "There are a few pitches I'd like back - the hanging slider to Jackson. But the fastball to Cabrera, that was a foot inside and well off the plate? You just tip your cap to him."
When asked if dropping Hughes - who is 2-9 with a 5.29 ERA in his last 11 decisions - from the rotation was a possibility, Girardi said: "I don't know if we have other options. We need him to pitch well."
Cabrera then singled and Martinez had an RBI double off Preston Claiborne with Cabrera slowly chugging into third. He scored on Kelly's two-run single for a 6-0 lead.
"I'm glad this guy's a part of this team," Sanchez said. "He's amazing."
Chamberlain relieved with two on in the sixth, and gave up Hunter's 13th of the year on his third pitch.
Lyle Overbay had pulled New York to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run drive to right. Overbay added an RBI single in the ninth.
Sanchez did not allow a baserunner until Gardner led off the fourth by fisting a blooper to right that went only a few yards farther than a shard of his broken bat that landed in between first and second base.
"Sanchez controlled the tempo of the game," Lelyand said.
In the first start of his career at Yankee Stadium, Sanchez gave up two runs and four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
NOTES: Detroit catcher Alex Avila went 1 for 5 in his return to the Tigers lineup. He sat out Friday, a day after being hit in the mask by a foul ball. ... Major League Baseball overturned an official scorer's call in a game July 25, giving Andy Dirks an error on a line drive by the White Sox's Tyler Flowers in the fourth inning. The hit was originally called an RBI double. Now, all four runs that inning against Justin Verlander are unearned. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter (right calf) played catch on the field before the game. He said he might ride a stationary bike, and he also thinks he could start running in a couple of days. ... Verlander (12-8) faces Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte (7-9) on Sunday.