American League Game Summary - Detroit at New York|
(Wednesday, August 6)
Final Score: New York 5, Detroit 1
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian McCann belted a tie-breaking solo homer
in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees pulled away late to record a
5-1 decision over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Chase Headley also had a solo homer as part of a 2-for-4 night, while McCann
finished with two RBI in New York's fourth win in five games.
Chris Capuano turned in an impressive start for the Yankees, striking out a
season-best eight while yielding one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings and going
toe-to-toe with Detroit's Justin Verlander. Adam Warren (2-5) followed with 1
1/3 scoreless innings to receive the victory after McCann's go-ahead blast.
"You know it was going to be a close game," Capuano said. "Justin didn't have
quite the velocity on his fastball, but he was really pitching tonight. He
made great pitches all night."
Verlander (10-10), the third straight former Cy Young Award winner to face the
Yankees in this series, allowed just five hits in seven innings. However, two
of them left the yard courtesy of McCann and Headley.
"I feel like I threw the ball better," Verlander said. "The last few times out
since the All-Star break, every time has been a little bit better."
Warren stepped into a tough situation with two out in the top of the seventh
and the game still tied at 1-1, as consecutive singles from Andrew Romine and
Ezequiel Carrera off Capuano put runners at the corners and turned over the
The Yankee reliever quickly retired Rajai Davis on a grounder, however, and
McCann hammered a Verlander changeup into the home bullpen in the bottom of
the inning to send the Bronx Bombers in front.
After Warren stranded two more runners in the eighth, the Yankees broke the
game open against the Detroit bullpen during their half of the frame.
A Brett Gardner single and a walk placed two aboard for Mark Teixeira, who
shot a base hit into left to plate Gardner for a 3-1 edge. Following a Carlos
Beltran single that loaded the bases, McCann bounced into a fielder's choice
that scored both Jacoby Ellsbury and Teixeira, with the latter initially ruled
out at the plate after attempting to cross on a throwing error by Romine, but
the Yankees getting the call overturned on a challenge.
The Tigers got their lone run before they recorded their first hit, as Davis
reached on a Derek Jeter error to open the game and took second on a Capuano
wild pitch before moving up another base on a groundout. Miguel Cabrera then
delivered a sac fly to right to put Detroit on the board.
Capuano kept the Detroit hitters off balance over the remainder of his stint,
though, and Headley drew New York even with a long drive off the second-deck
facade in right in the fifth.
Verlander had been perfect through his first three innings of work and had
permitted just one hit prior to Headley's shot.
Teixeira injured his left hand while sliding into the plate in the
eighth inning and did not return to the field for the night ... The final
result ended a string of 16 straight games for the Yankees that had been
decided by two runs or less ... Including the postseason, the Tigers have
lost all seven of Verlander's starts at the current Yankee Stadium ... The
game marked the third time that the Yankees had faced former Cy Young
winners in three straight games, the last coming against Atlanta's Tom
Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux in 2001 ... Tigers outfielder Torii
Hunter did not play after taking a pitch off his left hand in Tuesday's
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