By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Tigers manager Jim Leyland waved off the
question about Delmon Young with a flick of the hand and a terse
Leyland was in no mood to talk about the stunning late-night
arrest of his left fielder on a hate crime harassment charge after
the Yankees rallied to beat Detroit 7-6 Friday. Derek Jeter scored
the winning run on a passed ball with one out in the ninth inning.
“Get lost, get lost, get lost,” Leyland snapped. “Do yourself
a favor and get lost.”
The Tigers came to New York having lost six of seven at home and
a day after they cut popular infielder Brandon Inge, Detroit’s
longest-tenured player. The arrest of Young early Friday eclipsed
Young was arrested at 2:30 a.m. _ four hours after the team
arrived in New York _ for a fight at his hotel during which police
say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets. He faces a misdemeanor
aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his
or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year
His jersey hung in his locker and his batting helmet was in its
cubby in the Detroit dugout, but Young was not at the ballpark for
the first meeting between the teams since the Tigers won Game 5 of
their AL division series last fall in New York. Young hit three
home runs in that series.
On a 46-degree night more reminiscent of last October than late
April, the Yankees took advantage of Justin Verlander, who was
hardly at his best in the frigid conditions despite reaching 98 mph
_ in the sixth inning. They roughed up Detroit’s ace for five runs,
four earned, but Verlander said Young’s situation was not a
“I wasn’t worried about what was going on,” Verlander said.
“I had to worry about pitching against the New York Yankees.”
The Tigers failed to hold a 6-4 lead. Don Kelly misplayed a line
drive to left for a run-scoring error in the sixth, and Mark
Teixeira had a tying sacrifice fly against Joaquin Benoit in the
eighth before a wild ninth.
Jeter drew a one-out walk from Brayan Villarreal (0-1) and went
to third when Villarreal threw a wild pitch on ball four to Curtis
Granderson. With Alex Rodriguez up, Villarreal’s 2-0 pitch glanced
off catcher Alex Avila’s glove and Jeter barely beat Avila’s throw
to Villarreal at the plate.
“I just missed it,” Avila said.
Rodriguez hit his 633rd homer in the fourth and had two RBIs,
but his biggest play was waving Jeter home.
“I’m at third. When Aviles turns around, I couldn’t see it,”
Jeter said. “You really can’t see where the ball is. I saw Alex.”
Mariano Rivera (1-1), the fourth Yankees reliever, worked a
perfect ninth for the win. The bullpen pitched 3 2-3 scoreless
Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and the Yankees bullpen held
steady when Ivan Nova turned in the latest shaky performance by a
New York starter.
Martin connected in the fifth to give New York a 4-3 lead. But
Prince Fielder had a run-scoring single _ one of two RBIs _ and
Austin Jackson’s two-run double in the sixth put Detroit back on
top. Jackson had four hits.
Jeter went 0 for 4 to snap his 15-game hitting streak. For
Detroit, Miguel Cabrera got his 1,000th career RBI with a single in
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Joe West
in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes, his first of the
season and 15th of his career as a manager.
Nova was knocked around for 11 hits and six runs in 5 1-3
innings. But he benefited from another strong offensive effort,
keeping intact his string of 15 straight wins in the regular
season. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach in five of his six
Detroit struggled, though, leaving 10 on base in the first six
A-Rod singled in a run in the first for the early lead, but Nova
walked Kelly leading off the second. Brad Eldred then hit a soft
liner to left that got past a diving Raul Ibanez for a triple _ his
first hit in the majors since July 20, 2010, for Colorado.
Verlander struck out four, the first time this season he did not
fan at least seven. As dominant as the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young
Award winner has been, he entered 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA at the new
Yankee Stadium in three starts.
The Tigers had four straight singles to start the third, with
Cabrera and Fielder driving in runs.
Nick Swisher hit a two-out double in the sixth and scored when
Kelly misplayed Ibanez’s liner to left field for an error, pulling
New York to 6-5. Leyland said Kelly lost the ball in the lights.
“To be able to come back a couple of times on this guy and
score some runs is not easy to do,” Girardi said of facing
NOTES: The Yankees held a moment of silence for Moose Skowron,
who helped the team win four World Series titles in the 1950s and
1960s. Skowron died Friday of congestive heart failure in Illinois.
He was 81. … Leyland said LHP Duane Below will start Monday and
starter Doug Fister (side injury) was feeling good a day after a
throwing session. Fister will most likely need some sort of
rehabilitation start before returning to the Tigers. … Cabrera
has hits in 29 of 31 games against New York.
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