By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam against his
former team in the second inning, and CC Sabathia made the lead
hold up after a shaky start, helping the New York Yankees to a 9-4
win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Alex Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York.
It was tied at 1 when Granderson cleared the bases with a drive
just inside the pole in right field off left-hander Casey Crosby
(0-1), who was making his major league debut.
Sabathia (7-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven
innings. New York used five relievers. Rafael Soriano came on with
the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He got Miguel Cabrera to
ground into a double play for his seventh save.
Crosby allowed six runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. He
walked four _ all in the second _ and struck out three.
Derek Jeter had two hits and scored a run for the Yankees.
Ramon Santiago hit a solo homer for Detroit, and Quintin Berry
had three hits, finishing a homer shy of the cycle.
Crosby was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Toledo to
start in place of the injured Doug Fister. He made it through the
first inning OK, and the Tigers took the lead when Berry hit a
leadoff triple and scored on Danny Worth’s single.
But on a drizzly night at Comerica Park, the rain picked up a
bit in the top of the second, and Crosby walked the bases loaded.
The rain let up a bit, and play was never halted. With two outs,
Crosby walked Jeter on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run. Granderson,
who was traded from Detroit to New York after the 2009 season,
followed with his 17th homer of the season.
Detroit chipped away in the third with Santiago’s homer and an
RBI single by Prince Fielder, but Brennan Boesch struck out to
leave the bases loaded.
The Yankees and Tigers came into the game with the American
League’s worst two batting averages with the bases full.
New York came back with a run in the fourth on an RBI single by
Detroit had men on first and second in the sixth when Omir
Santos hit a grounder up the middle. But second baseman Robinson
Cano was playing near the bag and made a nice stop on the opposite
side of it. He tagged the base and threw to first for a double play
to end the inning.
Andruw Jones hit a run-scoring double in the eighth to make it
Detroit had men on first and third with one out in the eighth
after Delmon Young’s third hit of the game. Pinch-hitter Jhonny
Peralta hit a sacrifice fly, but that was it for the Tigers.
Rodriguez, who struck out his first three times up, hit a
towering drive to left-center in the ninth for his eighth homer of
NOTES: Detroit DH Gerald Laird left the game with right
hamstring tightness after diving head first into first base for an
infield single in the sixth. … Yankees OF Brett Gardner (strained
right elbow) took some batting practice in the cage Friday, and
manager Joe Girardi says he thinks it’s possible he could be back
next weekend or the series after that. … New York RHP David
Robertson (strained oblique) is expected to throw a bullpen session
this weekend. … Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (3-4) takes on New York
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6) on Saturday night.
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