TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez drove in his 15th run of the exhibition season with a base-loaded walk, Freddy Garcia allowed one run in 4 2-3 innings and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Tuesday.

Detroit and New York open the regular season Thursday at YankeeStadium.The Yankees still have several decisions to make, including who will be the leadoff hitter in some games. Manager Joe Girardi said Derek Jeter will bat first against left-handed starters _ that could leave Brett Gardner to lead off against righties.

A-Rod drew the RBI walk off Rick Porcello during the third.Garcia, the Yankees’ fifth starter, gave up four hits and struck out three.

Porcello allowed one run and four hits over 5 1-3 innings.Brennan Boesch hit a solo homer.

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


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