By NOAH TRISTER  AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking single in the
ninth inning off closer Jose Valverde and the New York Yankees beat
Detroit 5-3 on Monday night, handing the Tigers their seventh
straight defeat.

The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit, tying it in the seventh
on Alex Avila’s second solo home run of the night, but the Yankees
broke through in their last at-bat against Valverde (2-1). With
runners on first and second and one out, Swisher singled up the
middle and Mark Teixeira scored from second with a slide. Alex
Rodriguez added another run when he scored from third on a passed
ball by Avila.

Joba Chamberlain (2-0) got the win by pitching a scoreless
eighth, and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 11th

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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