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Hughes, 10-run seventh put Yankees back on winning track

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DETROIT -- Nothing in Jim Leyland's 46 years in professional baseball prepared him for Tuesday night.

Leyland's Detroit Tigers were in a scoreless duel with the New York Yankees through six innings. New York then scored 10 runs in the seventh en route to an 11-0 victory.

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"I've never seen anything like that in my life," the 64-year-old Leyland said. "You are 0-0 through six, and then it is 10-0? That's not something I ever remember."

Leyland wasn't having a memory lapse -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team had broken up a scoreless tie after the sixth with a 10-run inning since the Cincinnati Reds scored 10 in the top of the 13th against the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 15, 1919.

New York, which ended a four-game losing streak, sent 14 batters to the plate against three pitchers in the 56-pitch, 40-minute inning.

"That was great," said Jose Molina, who had a sacrifice bunt and a grand slam in the inning. "I was just doing what the manager wanted me to do."

New York's Phil Hughes, making his first start after being called up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Edwin Jackson dueled through six innings.

"He looked really good," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who said he took Hughes out because of the length of the New York seventh. "He had his legs under him tonight."

Hughes, who replaced the injured Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation, allowed two hits in his first win since 2007.

"I feel like I'm back to where I was a couple years ago," Hughes said. "I just wanted to pitch well and earn another shot."

Nick Swisher led off the seventh against Ryan Perry (0-1) with a single and Melky Cabrera walked. After Molina's sacrifice, pinch-hitter Jorge Posada lifted what looked like a routine fly ball to left.

Anderson held back on the ball, positioning himself for a throw, but he misjudged the trajectory and tried to make a hurried, low catch. He missed the ball for a two-base, two-run error.

"I was trying to get some momentum, even on a shallow-hit ball," he said. "I saw the ball the whole way, but I hesitated, and the ball dove hard toward the ground."

Derek Jeter then walked and Johnny Damon blooped an RBI single to center off Nate Robertson. Mark Teixeira popped out, but Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano made it 5-0 with RBI singles.

Swisher walked to load the bases, and Cabrera walked for the second time in the inning to force in the sixth run. Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch, about a half-hour after his successful sacrifice.

"That's not something you are going to see very often in one inning," Girardi said.

Swisher led off the ninth with a long homer to right-center. Detroit's pitchers threw exactly 200 pitches in the game.

"Jackson was tremendous, but we had a young pitcher out there in Perry and he had a rough night," Leyland said. "That's going to happen, but we didn't do the job of shutting the floodgates behind him."

Notes

  • Cano battled Jackson for 12 pitches before reaching on a bad-hop infield single in the fourth, and went 10 pitches before striking out in the sixth.
  • Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez slid and hit off two rehabbing pitchers during a simulated game in Tampa. He is expected to join the team on May 15. Girardi says he wants to make sure Rodriguez can play every day when he returns.
  • Wang, who has weakness in the abductor muscles in his hips, threw 50 pitches in Tampa and Girardi said he felt good.
  • The Yankees optioned RP Steven Jackson to Triple-A to make room for Hughes, while the Tigers sent down 1B Jeff Larish and recalled RP Clay Rapada from Triple-A Toledo.
 
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Phil Hughes allows two hits and strikes out six in six innings of work.  (AP)
Phil Hughes allows two hits and strikes out six in six innings of work. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

P. Hughes
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
New York

N. Swisher
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4110111 .294
Johnny Damon, LF5111002 .286
    Brett Gardner, CF0000000 .220
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000102 .206
Hideki Matsui, DH5121000 .288
Robinson Cano, 2B5121012 .381
Nick Swisher, RF-LF3321200 .300
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF3221212 .325
Jose Molina, C4114002 .276
Ramiro Pena, 3B2000011 .211
   a- Jorge Posada, PH0001000 .279
    Angel Berroa, PR-3B2110001 .250
Totals3711121064  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Pena in the 7th
Batting
3B - Hideki Matsui (1, Jackson)
HR - Nick Swisher (5, Rincon), Jose Molina (1, Lyon)
SF - Jorge Posada (2)
SH - Jose Molina (1)
RBI - Johnny Damon (8), Hideki Matsui (5), Robinson Cano (16), Nick Swisher (15), Melky Cabrera (8), Jose Molina 4 (5), Jorge Posada (14)
2-OUT RBI - Hideki Matsui (1), Robinson Cano (6), Melky Cabrera (5), Jose Molina 4 (4)
SB - Derek Jeter (4, 2nd base off Jackson/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (W,1-0) 6200260 0.00
Mark Melancon 1000010 0.00
Edwar Ramirez 1100100 6.48
Jose Veras 1100000 5.73
HBP - Cabrera (by Phil Hughes), Inge (by Jose Veras)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 99-58, Mark Melancon 11-7, Edwar Ramirez 17-9, Jose Veras 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 6-6, Mark Melancon 2-0, Jose Veras 1-2
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 23, Mark Melancon 3, Edwar Ramirez 5, Jose Veras 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000110 .241
Placido Polanco, 2B4010011 .268
    Ramon Santiago, PR-2B0000000 .250
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000010 .250
    Ryan Raburn, RF0000100 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3010002 .378
Carlos Guillen, DH4010000 .214
Gerald Laird, C4000012 .296
Brandon Inge, 3B2000111 .318
Josh Anderson, LF4010003 .351
Adam Everett, SS4000022 .233
Totals3104037  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (10, Ramirez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Inge-Santiago-Cabrera
E - Josh Anderson (1, Dropped fly)
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson 6400140 2.25
Ryan Perry (L,0-1) 0.1142200 4.05
Nate Robertson 0.1344100 9.00
Brandon Lyon 1.1222201 4.91
Juan Rincon 1211001 6.48
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 117-76, Ryan Perry 18-8, Nate Robertson 23-12, Brandon Lyon 33-19, Juan Rincon 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-10, Ryan Perry 1-1, Brandon Lyon 2-2, Juan Rincon 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Ryan Perry 5, Nate Robertson 5, Brandon Lyon 8, Juan Rincon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25519
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Jim Joyce