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Yanks stop Tigers' 12-game win streak, A-Rod booed

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NEW YORK -- Another blown save by Mariano Rivera. A bunch of boos for Alex Rodriguez. A bevy of runners left on base.

All that, and still a win for the New York Yankees.

Rodriguez got jeered in his return home and the Yankees overcame Miguel Cabrera's crushing home run off Rivera, beating Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night and snapping the Tigers' 12-game winning streak.

"Well, I hope it jump-starts it a lot," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to win series. We need to win a lot of games moving forward."

Cabrera temporarily saved the Tigers by hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Rivera that made it 3-all. Cabrera connected while still hobbling after fouling two balls off his left shin earlier in the at-bat.

The reigning Triple Crown winner vs. the all-time saves leader made for great baseball theater, not that it was a setting Cabrera enjoyed.

"No, we want to have the lead in the ninth. You don't want to face Mariano," he said.

Cabrera's shin was bandaged after the game and he limped through the locker room. Banged up lately, Cabrera said he hoped to play Saturday afternoon.

Brett Gardner grounded an RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th to end New York's four-game losing streak.

The AL Central-leading Tigers were trying for their best string since 1934, when they tied the team record of 14 straight wins. That run ended across the street at the old Yankee Stadium when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each drove in runs to down Detroit.

Gardner singled just past Cabrera's dive at third base. Al Alburquerque (2-3) took the loss and Shawn Kelley (4-1) got the win.

Austin Jackson got three doubles and four hits overall for Detroit. His one-out double began Detroit's comeback in the ninth.

With some scattered fans wearing No. 13 jerseys, Rodriguez finished 0 for 4 in his first game at Yankee Stadium since last October. The sellout crowd of 46,545 let him have it the whole night, from the moment the lineups were announced to the time he looked at a slider for his third strikeout of the game.

Rodriguez left the ballpark without talking to the media.

"Alex has had to deal with stuff before. He's been booed before. He knows what he has to do and I expect him to do it," Girardi said.

"It's something he has to be able to put out of his mind and just be a player for us," he said.

A-Rod made his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, hours after Major League Baseball handed him a 211-game drug suspension. The three-time AL MVP can play until there is a decision on his appeal, likely after the season.

Jayson Nix replaced Rodriguez in the top of the ninth. Nix walked to start the 10th and scored the winning run.

Cabrera delivered a most dramatic hit an inning earlier.

After a foul ball left him hopping, Cabrera got a checkup from manager Jim Leyland. Fact is, Cabrera almost didn't make it that far -- moments before that, first baseman Lyle Overbay reached over a railing and barely missed catching Cabrera's foul pop that would've ended the game.

But Cabrera regrouped and lined a 2-2 pitch well over the wall in dead center field, slowly making his way around the bases and silencing the crowd. He drove in Detroit's first three runs, and now has 34 homers and 108 RBIs.

For Rivera, it was his second straight failure -- the first time that happened since April 2011. Rivera has blown four in 39 chances this year, including a ninth-inning miss Wednesday night in Chicago.

"Cabrera put a tough at-bat on him. Fouled a bunch of pitches off. Fouled it off his knee. Fouled it off his foot. He did a good job of getting two strikes. He just couldn't put him away," Girardi said.

Gardner finished with three hits, and was glad to pick up Rivera.

"I said it two or three days ago in Chicago, and I'll say it again tonight: He probably won't do it again the rest of the season," Gardner said. "He'll probably reel off 15 or 20 straight from here to the end of September."

Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed one run in seven innings. He wiggled out of a jam in the first, striking out Victor Martinez and Andy Dirks to leave the bases loaded.

Nova cruised until Jackson led off the seventh with a double. Torii Hunter was then called out on strikes and objected to the call by Triple-A fill-in umpire Will Little.

After Cabrera followed with an RBI single, Little ejected Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer for hollering from the dugout.

Alfonso Soriano had an RBI grounder in the first and Robinson Cano lined a two-run double in the third off Rick Porcello that put the Yankees ahead 3-0.

Notes

  • There was a 47-minute rain delay at the start.
  • Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 2.58) starts Saturday against RHP Phil Hughes (4-10, 4.87).
  • The Yankees wore their batting practice hats with the white bills. They did it to honor their partnership with the David C. Koch Foundation, New Era caps and the fight against cancer.
 
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Alex Rodriguez goes 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his return to Yankee Stadium, but the Yanks do get the win.  (USATSI)
Alex Rodriguez goes 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his return to Yankee Stadium, but the Yanks do get the win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

B. Gardner
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF6240013 .270
Torii Hunter, RF6010018 .308
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5123011 .360
Prince Fielder, 1B4010101 .260
Victor Martinez, DH3010214 .278
Andy Dirks, LF5000017 .245
Brayan Pena, C4020000 .288
Hernan Perez, 2B-SS4000022 .255
Jose Iglesias, SS3010011 .318
   a-Don Kelly, PH-2B1000100 .235
Totals41312348  
a-flied out for Iglesias in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson 3 (21, Nova), Prince Fielder (27, M. Rivera)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (34, M. Rivera)
SH - Hernan Perez (2)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (108)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (45)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Fielder-Iglesias, Fielder-Iglesias-Iglesias-Perez-Fielder
E - Bruce Rondon (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 5633260 4.32
Phil Coke 0.1100010 5.35
Jeremy Bonderman 0.2000100 4.50
Drew Smyly 0.2100000 2.01
Bruce Rondon 1.1000210 4.19
Jose Veras 1000110 2.55
Al Alburquerque (L,2-3) 0.2211220 5.12
IBB - Cano by Rick Porcello, Nunez by Al Alburquerque
WP - Al Alburquerque (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 100-63, Phil Coke 4-4, Jeremy Bonderman 9-5, Drew Smyly 8-5, Bruce Rondon 23-12, Jose Veras 15-10, Al Alburquerque 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-3, Drew Smyly 1-0, Bruce Rondon 2-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 23, Phil Coke 2, Jeremy Bonderman 3, Drew Smyly 2, Bruce Rondon 6, Jose Veras 4, Al Alburquerque 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF5231102 .274
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5130000 .282
Robinson Cano, 2B3012201 .288
Alfonso Soriano, DH5001034 .250
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000034 .200
   Jayson Nix, 3B0100100 .236
Curtis Granderson, LF4010111 .220
Lyle Overbay, 1B4020110 .249
Eduardo Nunez, SS4000102 .226
Chris Stewart, C4000135 .224
Totals384104811  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (21, Porcello)
RBI - Brett Gardner (37), Robinson Cano 2 (73), Alfonso Soriano (58)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner (20)
SB - Brett Gardner (20, 3rd base off Porcello/B. Pena), Robinson Cano (7, 2nd base off Porcello/B. Pena), Curtis Granderson (3, 2nd base off Rondon/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 13
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova 7811270 2.93
David Robertson (H,27) 1000000 1.69
Mariano Rivera (BS,4) 1322101 2.08
Boone Logan 0.2100110 2.03
Shawn Kelley (W,4-1) 0.1000000 3.59
IBB - Martinez by Mariano Rivera
WP - Ivan Nova (2)
HBP - B. Pena (by Ivan Nova)
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 97-63, David Robertson 12-7, Mariano Rivera 27-14, Boone Logan 13-7, Shawn Kelley 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 9-5, David Robertson 2-1, Mariano Rivera 1-2, Boone Logan 1-0
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 32, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 7, Boone Logan 4, Shawn Kelley 1
Game Information
Attendance - 46545
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy