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Tigers complete rare sweep of Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The last time the Detroit Tigers left Yankee Stadium with a three-game sweep, Al Kaline was playing the outfield and Denny McLain was on the mound.

Miguel Cabrera homered, tripled and drove in three runs, and Detroit beat the Yankees 8-4 on Thursday night for its first three-game sweep in New York since 1966.

"That's not going to happen very often," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You feel very fortunate here if you win two out of three. You feel OK if you win one out of three."

Reserve infielder Ramon Santiago made the most of his first start at shortstop this season, turning in a key defensive play and hitting a tiebreaking triple to back Nate Robertson (1-3).

Magglio Ordonez had three hits -- including a two-run double off Ian Kennedy -- and scored twice for the Tigers, who got a strong effort from their bullpen and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

"We've got a long way to go, but we are playing better," said Leyland, whose star-studded team opened 0-7. "I don't think we're over the hump yet."

Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer in the first inning, but failed to come through with the bases loaded in the sixth. The banged-up Yankees, who have lost six of eight, got more bad news before the game when they learned pitcher Phil Hughes is expected to be out until at least July with a stress fracture in one of his ribs.

"Right now it just seems like we have to be perfect out there and that's tough to do sometimes," Johnny Damon said. "We caught Detroit at the wrong time. Maybe when we go there (May 9-11) we can repay them."

With Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada also injured, Shelley Duncan batted cleanup for New York and hit an RBI single that tied it at 4 in the fifth.

With two on and two outs, Santiago ranged to his left for Melky Cabrera's grounder and made a difficult flip to second base for the inning-ending forceout.

"That was a big league play," Robertson said.

Carlos Guillen singled leading off the sixth, Jacque Jones doubled and Santiago put Detroit ahead 6-4 with a two-run triple to right-center off Jonathan Albaladejo (0-1).

Batting ninth, Santiago filled in admirably for shortstop Edgar Renteria, rested by Leyland after starting the first 28 games this year.

"They got momentum going in that inning and we shut it down there," Santiago said.

A steady drizzle fell through the middle innings, and Robertson tumbled headlong to the turf while breaking to cover first base on Robinson Cano's groundout to the right side in the sixth.

"I think he was more embarrassed than injured," Leyland said.

New York chased Robertson later in the inning and loaded the bases with two outs, but Zach Miner retired Abreu on a fly to center with a 3-1 pitch.

Ordonez singled in the seventh before Cabrera lined an opposite-field shot to right off Albaladejo for his sixth home run. Miner worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Francisco Cruceta finished Detroit's first sweep of at least three games at Yankee Stadium since a season-opening series in 1966.

"We started slow this season, so to come in here and win three games is big for us," Cabrera said. "We feel confident."

Robertson allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first win in five career outings in the Bronx. He kept a game ball as a souvenir after improving to 2-5 against the Yankees and beating them for the first time since July 2004.

The left-hander fell behind 3-0 after three batters. Damon walked, Derek Jeter singled and Abreu homered to right on a 3-1 pitch.

But the Tigers came back quickly against the 23-year-old Kennedy, winless in six outings this season. Santiago hit a bloop double to left, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Curtis Granderson's groundout.

Placido Polanco doubled, Gary Sheffield walked and Ordonez drove a 1-2 delivery off the right-field fence for a two-run double that tied it at 3.

"I should have put him away," Kennedy said. "I just left a fastball over the plate."

Cabrera followed with a triple that Abreu misplayed in deep right, giving Detroit a 4-3 lead.

Notes

  • Longtime Yankees announcer and former outfielder Bobby Murcer was at the ballpark and plans to resume his regular broadcasting schedule Friday night. Murcer said it's taken him a while to recover from the brain biopsy he had in early March. Murcer had surgery in December 2006, four days after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
  • Leyland also rested C Ivan Rodriguez. Brandon Inge made his fourth start behind the plate.
  • Jeter tied Joe DiMaggio for fourth place on New York's career runs list at 1,390.
  • Yankees DH Hideki Matsui extended his hitting streak to a team-high 11 games.
 
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The Tigers are rebounding well after their slow start this season.  (AP)
The Tigers are rebounding well after their slow start this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Abreu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5001011 .310
Placido Polanco, 2B5110011 .226
Gary Sheffield, DH3100200 .176
Magglio Ordonez, RF5232000 .315
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4123112 .279
Carlos Guillen, 3B4120102 .330
Jacque Jones, LF4110002 .188
    Ryan Raburn, LF1000001 .238
Brandon Inge, C3000112 .247
Ramon Santiago, SS4122002 .375
Totals38811854  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (4, Kennedy), Magglio Ordonez (8, Kennedy), Carlos Guillen (9, Albaladejo), Jacque Jones (2, Albaladejo), Ramon Santiago (3, Kennedy)
3B - Miguel Cabrera (1, Kennedy), Ramon Santiago (1, Albaladejo)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (6, Albaladejo)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (6), Magglio Ordonez 2 (21), Miguel Cabrera 3 (22), Ramon Santiago 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (12), Miguel Cabrera (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Curtis Granderson (1, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Guillen (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,1-3) 5.2744231 6.82
Bobby Seay0100000 3.00
Zach Miner (H,1) 2.1200110 7.79
Francisco Cruceta 1000100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 106-64, Bobby Seay 5-3, Zach Miner 37-22, Francisco Cruceta 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 5-10, Zach Miner 5-1, Francisco Cruceta 2-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 27, Bobby Seay 1, Zach Miner 10, Francisco Cruceta 4
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4110111 .275
Derek Jeter, SS4220101 .286
Bobby Abreu, RF4123103 .277
Shelley Duncan, 1B5011011 .167
Hideki Matsui, DH5010003 .316
Melky Cabrera, CF4000105 .286
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4010012 .234
Robinson Cano, 2B4010002 .155
Chad Moeller, C4010013 .333
Totals38410444  
Batting
HR - Bobby Abreu (4, Robertson)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (19), Shelley Duncan (1)
Team LOB - 11
New York Yankees
Ian Kennedy 4.2544310 8.37
Jonathan Albaladejo (L,0-1) 1.2644031 5.23
Chris Britton 2.2000200 0.00
WP - Ian Kennedy (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 96-57, Jonathan Albaladejo 46-30, Chris Britton 40-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 3-10, Chris Britton 3-5
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 22, Jonathan Albaladejo 11, Chris Britton 10
Game Information
Attendance - 50993
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chad Fairchild