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Yankees 4, Tigers 2

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NEW YORK -- Nothing gets between Derek Jeter and a flyball -- not even a teammate.

Jeter made a spectacular tumbling catch while colliding into teammate Robinson Cano in the seventh inning to protect Chien-Ming Wang's lead Wednesday night in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

"That was the best play I've ever seen," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "That play last year when he went into the stands, he just ran out of field."

With runners on first and second with one out in the seventh and the Yankees ahead by two runs, Marcus Thames hit fly into shallow center field. Running full speed with his back to the plate, the Yankees captain banged into Cano, who was chasing from second base. Jeter reached over his shorter teammate to make the catch, and the pair fell to the ground, with Jeter landing on top of Cano.

"I thought I could get it when he hit it," Jeter said. "I didn't even know Cano was coming."

At first, Jeter thought he collided with center fielder Bernie Williams. Cano was surprised Jeter got near the ball.

"I don't know where he came from," the rookie said.

There were no significant injuries on the play -- Cano said he got spiked above his right ankle but was OK -- unlike Jeter's remarkable 12th-inning catch against the Boston Red Sox last July 1. On that play, running all out, Jeter made the catch near the left-field line behind third base. Unable to stop, he dived headfirst into the stands and bloodied his face and bruised his shoulder.

"The one against Boston wasn't really hard to catch, it was the afterwards," Jeter said.

The crowd chanted "Jeter! Jeter!" as he retrieved his cap and serenaded him with a sing-song chorus of "Der-ek Jeter," when he returned to shortstop.

"Two guys colliding and it doesn't fall in -- that's why he's one of the best shortstops in the game," Thames.

Back in the lineup after being hit by a pitch near his left hip Tuesday night and leaving for a pinch-runner, Alex Rodriguez struck out with the bases loaded in the third, then hit a run-scoring double against Mike Maroth off the wall in left to snap a 1-all tie in the sixth.

"I wasn't worried about striking out; Maroth made a perfect pitch," Rodriguez said. "When the opportunity came up again, I came through. It was nice.

The Yankees, who twice left the bases loaded, won for the 14th time in 16 games, moved a season-high four games over .500 at 25-21 and closed within a half-game of second-place Boston in the AL East. Just two of the wins have come against teams with records above .500 when the games were played.

Despite Tigers designated hitter Dmitri Young's pregame insistence that the struggling Tigers would not back down if there was any fallout from Tuesday's game, there was no trouble, even after Rondell White was hit by a pitch by Wang in the seventh. Tempers flared in the Yankees' 12-3 win Tuesday after Yankees reliever Paul Quantrill hit Jason Smith with a pitch in retaliation for Rodriguez being hit.

Wang retired his first nine batters before giving up a leadoff single to Brandon Inge in the fourth inning. After Ivan Rodriguez hit an RBI single to make it 1-all, he got Young to ground into a double play. In the sixth, Wang got Rodriguez to ground into an inning ending double play with runners on first and third.

"He was great," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He got into a little trouble, then got Pudge to hit into a double play. He doesn't lose his cool."

Wang (3-1) was removed from his fifth major league start with runners on first and third and one out in the seventh to a warm ovation from the crowd of 51,833. Looking down, he shyly tipped his capped as he left, having allowed two runs and five hits.

Mike Stanton relieved and gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Ramon Martinez that pulled Detroit to 4-2, but Tanyon Sturtze, with help from Jeter's catch, quashed the rally.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 10th save. He is 10-for-10 since blowing his first two chances of the season -- both against the Red Sox, who start at three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

New York took the early lead on Gary Sheffield's RBI single in the first, scoring Jeter.

The Yankees loaded the bases in the third inning on Tino Martinez's leadoff single, Jeter's double and, after an out, an intentional walk to Sheffield but Maroth (4-4) got Hideki Matsui to ground to first baseman Carlos Pena, who threw home for the force. He then struck out Rodriguez looking to end the inning.

New York chased Maroth in the sixth, putting the first four runners on. Sheffield walked, and Matsui had an infield hit before Rodriguez hit his double. Posada ended Maroth's night with a two-run single to make it 4-1.

"I think I could have done a better job of mixing up my pitches," said Maroth, who gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

Notes

The Yankees clinched winning their sixth straight series. ... The gametime temperature was 51 degrees. ... Martinez snapped an 0-for-12 slide with a single in the third. He batted ninth for the first time in his career. ... Maroth picked Posada off first in the fourth.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Posada
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Wang
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4120010 .308
Carlos Guillen, SS4010010 .367
Ivan Rodriguez, C3001001 .275
Rondell White, LF3110010 .307
Dmitri Young, DH4000001 .263
Craig Monroe, CF3010100 .262
Carlos Pena, 1B2000010 .183
   a- Ramon Martinez, PH-1B2011001 .297
Marcus Thames, RF3000002 .214
Omar Infante, 2B3000012 .232
Totals31262157 
a-singled for Pena in the 7th
Batting
SF - Ivan Rodriguez (3)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (20), Ramon Martinez (2)
SB - Brandon Inge (3, 2nd base off Wang/Posada)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Infante-Guillen-Pena, Guillen-Infante-Pena
E - Omar Infante (3, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (L,4-4) 5844320 4.53
Jamie Walker 2000010 2.12
Franklyn German 0.2000220 2.41
Doug Creek 0.1000100 1.93
IBB - Sheffield by Mike Maroth, Posada by Franklyn German
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 81-46, Jamie Walker 13-10, Franklyn German 23-11, Doug Creek 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 8-3, Jamie Walker 3-1, Doug Creek 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 24, Jamie Walker 5, Franklyn German 4, Doug Creek 2
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4120000 .304
Robinson Cano, 2B3000012 .279
Gary Sheffield, RF2111210 .320
Hideki Matsui, LF3110104 .268
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3111123 .318
Jorge Posada, C3022101 .292
Jason Giambi, DH3000012 .221
   a- Ruben Sierra, PH-DH0000100 .241
Bernie Williams, CF4000005 .237
Tino Martinez, 1B3010000 .262
Totals284846517 
a-walked for Giambi in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (7, Maroth), Alex Rodriguez (9, Maroth)
SH - Robinson Cano (1)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (32), Alex Rodriguez (47), Jorge Posada 2 (27)
SB - Hideki Matsui (2, 2nd base off German/Rodriguez)
PK - Jorge Posada (1, Maroth)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-T. Martinez, Jeter-T. Martinez
E - Robinson Cano (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,3-1) 6.1522020 4.09
Mike Stanton0100000 5.23
Tanyon Sturtze (H,7) 0.2000010 3.48
Tom Gordon (H,10) 1000020 3.57
Mariano Rivera (S,10) 1000100 1.62
HBP - R. White (by Chien-Ming Wang)
WP - Tanyon Sturtze (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 77-50, Mike Stanton 1-1, Tanyon Sturtze 7-5, Tom Gordon 10-8, Mariano Rivera 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 11-5, Tom Gordon 1-0, Mariano Rivera 2-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 24, Mike Stanton 1, Tanyon Sturtze 2, Tom Gordon 3, Mariano Rivera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 51833
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Chad Fairchild