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Scherzer dominates Yanks, Valverde hangs on for save

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NEW YORK -- Max Scherzer kept the Detroit Tigers in control most of the way. Once Jose Valverde came in, that's when things got wild.

Scherzer pitched two-hit ball for six shutout innings and a shaky Valverde got Derek Jeter to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded Monday night, giving the Tigers a 3-1 victory against the New York Yankees.

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Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen took a hard hit to the leg from speedy Brett Gardner and still managed to make a strong relay that nipped Jeter. Guillen was down on the ground for a few moments and will be examined Tuesday.

"It was really the play of the game," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He took it like a man."

Said Guillen: "I felt when he hit me. I was scared."

Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher left the Yankees' lineup early with ailments. Rodriguez came out after four innings because of tightness in his left calf and Swisher exited with tightness in his right forearm. Both players were day to day.

"Would I be a little surprised if he played tomorrow?" Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Rodriguez. "Yes, but not completely."

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead into the ninth -- the Yankees were close to being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since 1999.

Valverde escaped an eighth-inning jam, but quickly saw the Yankees load the bases with one out in the ninth on two walks and a single. A walk to Gardner forced home a run, and brought up Jeter.

"He was effectively wild, I guess," Jeter said.

Valverde held on for his 23rd save in a row. He wasn't available a day earlier because of a strained side muscle that's left him struggling, and Leyland came out to check his health during the walk to Gardner.

"In this life, nothing's easy and nothing's hard," Valverde said. "I'm ready to go every time."

Fine by Leyland.

"When they say they're ready to pitch, they're pitching," he said. "Every year you see guys that are taken out of the closer role. But he's not coming out of my closer role, I can tell you that. Anytime that a closer gets into a funk, it kind of gets magnified."

The highest-scoring team in the majors managed only six hits overall against Scherzer (8-9) and a trio of relievers. New York lost for the fifth time in eight games.

Not since May 1999, when the Anaheim Angels stopped them, have the Yankees been blanked in back-to-back games, STATS LLC said. Now tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead, they did little a day after being limited to two singles in a 1-0 loss at Kansas City.

"Not swinging the bats like we'd like to," Jeter said.

Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer in the second off Javier Vazquez (9-9). Miguel Cabrera hit his 28th home run in the ninth off Joba Chamberlain.

Detroit's Johnny Damon drew a standing ovation in his return to Yankee Stadium. He took off his batting helmet, revealing a neatly trimmed Mohawk haircut, waved to the crowd and turned to the New York dugout before batting in the first.

The Yankees applauded their former teammate, who helped them win the World Series last season. Damon went 0 for 3 with two walks.

"This was a magical place last year," Damon said before the game. "Seems like they're doing fine without me."

Facing the Yankees for the first time in his career, Scherzer held them to a pair of puny singles. He struck out Jeter and Swisher to begin his outing, and fanned six overall with two walks.

Scherzer got Jeter to ground into a double play with two on to end the third. Relievers Phil Coke, Ryan Perry and Valverde closed out the Yankees.

Raburn hit his fifth home run in 11 games, launching a drive over the left-field wall in the second inning.

Jeter's career-best streak of 52 games without an error ended. The Yankees shortstop made a wide throw on Cabrera's routine grounder in the fifth.

Notes
  • The Tigers won their third consecutive road game. Before that, they had lost 13 of their previous 14 road games.
  • The Yankees started their Hope Week, with every player taking part in events that highlight family and community outreach. Mariano Rivera, Teixeira and Swisher were among the Yankees who enjoyed a pool party at the New Jersey home of 13-year-old Jorge Grajales, who was born in Panama and had all four limbs amputated because of a childhood illness. Grajales watching batting practice behind the cage, stretched on the field with Rivera and threw out the first ball.
  • New York agreed to a contract with fourth-round draft pick Mason Williams, giving the high school center fielder from Florida a hefty $1.45 million signing bonus -- more money than 11 first-round selections received.
 
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Jose Valverde celebrates after pitching his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. (AP)
Jose Valverde celebrates after pitching his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Raburn
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Scherzer
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4010111 .302
Johnny Damon, DH3000213 .276
Brennan Boesch, RF5010015 .273
    Don Kelly, LF0000000 .219
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111111 .340
Carlos Guillen, 2B5120011 .273
Ryan Raburn, LF-RF5112023 .237
Brandon Inge, 3B3000111 .252
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010024 .239
Alex Avila, C2000210 .216
Totals35373711  
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (17, Vazquez)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (28, Chamberlain), Ryan Raburn (7, Vazquez)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (96), Ryan Raburn 2 (34)
SB - Austin Jackson (18, 2nd base off Mitre/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Inge-Cabrera, Peralta-Guillen-Cabrera
E - Jhonny Peralta (6, Dropped fly)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,8-9) 6200260 3.86
Phil Coke (H,12) 0.2200000 2.52
Ryan Perry (H,15) 1100000 4.39
Jose Valverde (S,23) 1.1111400 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 114-68, Phil Coke 10-6, Ryan Perry 16-9, Jose Valverde 38-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 6-5, Ryan Perry 3-0, Jose Valverde 3-0
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 21, Phil Coke 4, Ryan Perry 4, Jose Valverde 8
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5010012 .278
Nick Swisher, RF2000020 .292
   a- Austin Kearns, PH-RF2010000 .277
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000111 .254
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2000011 .265
    Ramiro Pena, 3B1000000 .204
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1000002 .316
Robinson Cano, 2B3000101 .322
Jorge Posada, DH-C4110011 .251
Curtis Granderson, CF3030100 .247
Francisco Cervelli, C-3B3000103 .244
Brett Gardner, LF2001200 .284
Totals3116166  
a-grounded out for Swisher in the 6th
b-grounded out for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (13, Coke)
RBI - Brett Gardner (38)
CS - Curtis Granderson (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Derek Jeter (5, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (L,9-9) 4522461 4.89
Sergio Mitre 2.2100110 3.46
Kerry Wood 1.1000220 4.76
Joba Chamberlain 1111021 5.02
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 106-64, Sergio Mitre 42-27, Kerry Wood 35-20, Joba Chamberlain 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 3-3, Sergio Mitre 5-3, Kerry Wood 1-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 21, Sergio Mitre 11, Kerry Wood 6, Joba Chamberlain 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46098
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Chad Fairchild