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New York at Detroit

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Detroit (16-11) «00013051x10160

Tigers 10, Yankees 6

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Andy Pettitte feels like he's getting a boost from a full spring training.

The 40-year-old left-hander stuck out five over 6 1-3 innings in his longest outing of the year as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers 10-6 Saturday.

Pettitte allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk in his second spring training outing against a big league opponent. He has one exhibition start left.

"I feel really good," Pettitte said. "I got some balls up, but I got it right where it needed to be when I needed it. Getting into the seventh inning was great."

Pettitte retired before the 2011 season, then changed his mind last year and reported to Yankees midway through camp.

"It's my first normal spring training in three years," Pettitte said. "It feels so normal. It feels like I was never gone, like I never retired."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn't have a problem with Pettitte starting the seventh.

"Andy was great and I though he threw really well," Girardi said. "I' m encouraged. He gets one more start and we'll tone it down a bit to be ready for the season. You saw how well he pitched last year, so we know what we are getting from him."

Pettitte said he isn't concerned with the Yankees' numerous injuries.

"I expect to win," Pettitte said. "Even if we have to make some changes, I expect to win the division."

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings in his first start against major league batters since the World Baseball Championship.

Bruce Rondon, expected to replace Jose Valverde as Detroit's closer, allowing a two-run homer in the eighth to Ben Francisco, who also hit a solo drive in the fourth against Sanchez.

"Rondon has been inconsistent," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's had some good outings and some not so good outings. I don't have any idea. There's still a week to go."

Eduardo Nunez also homered for New York, and Juan Rivera had three hits.

Cody Eppley allowed five runs and five hits retiring a batter and saw his ERA climb to 14.29.

Miguel Cabrera homered over the large screen in center field and Jhonny Peralta and Kevin Russo also homered for the Tigers. Torii Hunter and Alex Avila had three apiece.

NOTES SS Derek Jeter took four at-bats as a designated hitter for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Tampa. He grounded out all four times, but Girardi said he has heard encouraging reports ... Chien-Ming Wang was signed to a minor league deal and will report to the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa. He went 55-26 with the Yankees in five seasons and won 19 games twice. ... GM Dave Dombrowski announced that IF Jeff Kobernus, a pickup from Washington in the winter meeting draft, was returned to the Nationals. Kobernus, who was trying to adjust to playing some outfield, batted .220 for the Tigers this spring training. "We tried to make a trade and couldn't get it, done so we sent him back," Dombrowski said.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

T. Hunter
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

B. Francisco
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF3110010 .294
    Melky Mesa, CF2000011 .189
Eduardo Nunez, SS4121010 .260
    Addison Maruszak, SS1010000 .192
Ichiro Suzuki, LF4010001 .341
    Ronnier Mustelier, LF1000001 .303
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4012012 .237
    Jose Pirela, 3B1010000 .324
Travis Hafner, DH3000001 .118
   a- Corban Joseph, PH-DH2000001 .205
Juan Rivera, 1B4130000 .321
    Dan Johnson, 1B0000000 .063
Ben Francisco, RF3223101 .350
    Thomas Neal, RF0000000 .282
Jayson Nix, 2B4010003 .196
    Gil Velazquez, 2B0000000 .292
Chris Stewart, C4110002 .225
    Bobby Wilson, C0000000 .150
Totals40614614  
a-fouled out for Hafner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (5, Sanchez), Juan Rivera (5, Sanchez), Jayson Nix (2, Rondon)
HR - Ben Francisco 2 (2, Sanchez, Rondon)
RBI - Eduardo Nunez (3), Kevin Youkilis 2 (8), Ben Francisco 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (4), Ben Francisco (5)
SB - Eduardo Nunez (4, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Andy Pettitte (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte 6.1844151 4.82
Cody Eppley (L,0-2)0555001 14.29
Shawn Kelley 1.1211021 5.63
Juan Cedeno 0.1100000 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 47-39, Cody Eppley 5-5, Shawn Kelley 13-12, Juan Cedeno 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-7
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 28, Cody Eppley 5, Shawn Kelley 6, Juan Cedeno 2
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3001020 .240
    Don Kelly, CF1000010 .231
Torii Hunter, RF4131000 .283
    Jamie Johnson, PR-RF1100010 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4112002 .268
    Kevin Russo, 3B1111000 .306
Prince Fielder, 1B3001011 .311
    Quintin Berry, LF2120000 .269
    Chad Wright, LF0000000 .333
Victor Martinez, DH4021000 .304
    Gustavo Nunez, PR-DH1100001 .000
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF-1B3111101 .318
Jhonny Peralta, SS4121012 .271
    Ramon Santiago, SS0000000 .200
Alex Avila, C4131010 .311
    James McCann, C0000000 .000
Omar Infante, 2B4110003 .242
    Danny Worth, 2B0000000 .306
Totals3910161017  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter 2 (3, Pettitte, Pettitte), Victor Martinez (3, Eppley), Alex Avila (5, Pettitte)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (4, Eppley), Kevin Russo (2, Kelley), Jhonny Peralta (2, Pettitte)
SF - Austin Jackson (1)
RBI - Austin Jackson (4), Torii Hunter (5), Miguel Cabrera 2 (13), Kevin Russo (5), Prince Fielder (11), Victor Martinez (7), Matt Tuiasosopo (10), Jhonny Peralta (3), Alex Avila (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Russo (1), Alex Avila (3)
SB - Omar Infante (2, 3rd base off Pettitte/Stewart)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Worth-Tuiasosopo
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 6844111 3.27
Darin Downs (W,1-0) 1100020 0.73
Bruce Rondon (H,2) 1322011 5.06
Luke Putkonen 1200000 4.26
WP - Anibal Sanchez (1), Bruce Rondon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 35-28, Darin Downs 8-8, Bruce Rondon 13-9, Luke Putkonen 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 9-8, Bruce Rondon 1-1, Luke Putkonen 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Darin Downs 4, Bruce Rondon 6, Luke Putkonen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10084
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Jeff Gosney