Update, 7:16: Jeremy Bonderman just paid back Brett Gardner for his take-out slide that injured Carlos Guillen on Monday night, drilling Gardner just above the right ankle. Plate ump Eric Cooper has issued a warning to both sides. Guillen had to be put on the DL today with a deep bruise to his left knee.
Update, 7:21: Mark Teixeira just paid back Bonderman with a two-run shot to the second deck in right.
Update, 7:22: Robinson Cano hits No. 23 two pitches later, the fifth time the Yankees have hit back-to-back homers. It’s 3-0 already here in the first.
Update, 7:26: Just a side note here: The Yankees and Tigers combined for just four runs Monday night. Detroit’s 3-1 win took three hours and 48 minutes. Tuesday night’s game lasted 3:10. Joe Girardi was asked by a Detroit writer about the length of Yankees games. “Hitters are doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said. “They’re supposed to put long hard at-bats on pitchers. And that’s why our games are so long. You won’t see a lot of our guys making first-pitch outs. When we play a game in 2 1/2 hours, we’re shocked.”
Update, 7:29: That was quite a shot to left by Miguel Cabrera off Dustin Moseley. His 29th homer. It’s 3-1 in the second.
Update, 8:08: Maybe Moseley should just intentionally walk Cabrera. He just hit a 0-2 mistake to the right-field bleachers for No. 30. It’s his fourth multihomer game of the season, the 18th of his career. So it’s 3-2 in the fourth.
Update, 8:21: Ramiro Pena RBI triple and Gardner RBI double. The Yankees are up by three here in the fourth.
Update, 8:25: Sloppy work by the Tigers, E-3 and E-4 on one play, and it’s 6-2. Lefty Brad Thomas is warming in the Tigers’ bullpen.
Update, 8:35. A decent start by Moseley has turned decidedly mediocre after that two-run homer by Don Kelly here in the fifth, cutting it to 6-4. Chad Gaudin is warming up.
Update, 8:45: Too bad Curtis Granderson didn’t make over his swing earlier. His good work with a more compact stroke continues with homer No. 13. It’s 7-4. Moseley is done. It’s Joba’s ball for the sixth.
Update, 8:54: Nice sliding catch in center by Granderson to save a run and end the sixth. His defense has been outstanding in this series. Brad Thomas is on to pitch for the Tigers.
Update, 9:04: Boone Logan is on to pitch the seventh.
Update, 9:10: First and second, one out. Kerry Wood is coming in to pitch.
Update, 9:34: After Wood fanned two to get out of the bases-loaded jam in the seventh, another of the new acquisitions comes through in the home half. It’s 9-4 thanks to Austin Kearns’ two-run ground-rule double. Chad Gaudin is coming on for the eighth.
Update, 9:40: Gaudin drilled Cabrera in the back, but Cooper didn’t toss him. Jim Leyland is appropriately arguing after the first-inning warnings. But to no avail.
Update, 9:44: Awful job by Gaudin. Johnny Damon followed with a single and Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases with no outs. So David Robertson will try to clean up the mess.
Update, 9:50: Robertson could exhale for second. That looked like a potential grand slam off Brandon Inge’s bat. But Gardner caught it on the track in left — only a sac fly.
Update, 9:55: Nice work by Robertson to escape allowing just the one run. So it’s 9-5 heading to the last of the eighth.
Update, 10:07: Jim Leyland was ejected between innings for arguing about the Gaudin pitch. Enrique Gonzalez threw behind Derek Jeter’s legs in the bottom half, but he didn’t get ejected. Now Joe Girardi isn’t fooling around despite the four-run lead. Mariano Rivera is coming in to close.
Update, 10:16: 1-2-3. Yankees win, 9-5.