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Game 20: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-8)
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 9.75)
Garcia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (10-10)
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Andy Dirks LF
Brad Eldred DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B

LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 1.13)
Smyly has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Chilly. Wind is pretty gentle at the moment. Temperatures ranging from high to low 50s.

UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Cory Blaser, 3B Joe West

NOT A REGULAR ENDING: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night was the first time in the last 50 years that a Yankees win ended on a ninth-inning passed ball.

FUN IN THE SUN: Freddy Garcia will be making his second day-time start of the season. He was 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 daytime starts last season, and in his career Garcia is 55-24 in day games, marking the fourth-highest winning percentage in day games among active pitchers (minimum of 50 starts) according to Elias.

SAME OLD MO: Mariano Rivera got his first win of the season last night. Since blowing the save in the season opener — allowing two earned run and five of his six batters faced to reach — Rivera has retired 19 of his last 21 batters faced (2H, 0BB, 7K) over seven outings with four saves in four save opportunities.

UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Garcia struck out Miguel Cabrera, pitched around Prince Fielder and had an 0-2 count on Andy Dirks. He was one pitch away from getting out of the first inning before Dirks sent a three-run homer to right field. It’s 3-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Swisher’s strong month continues with a solo homer to left field. That’s hit fiffth of the season, and it pulls the Yankees within 3-1.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Second inning and there’s already activity in the Yankees bullpen. Clay Rapada getting loose after a sharp RBI double by Boesch. It’s 4-1 with the middle of the Tigers order coming to the plate. This is quickly shaping up to be another all-too-short outing for Garcia.

UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: A lot of boos after Garcia allows a two-run single to Cabrera. It’s 6-1 Tigers and it looks like Garcia is stalling.

UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Yep. After a couple of looks at first base, Garcia is pulled after an inning and two-thirds for a second start in a row. Not sure the Yankees can run him out there again. At least Hughes has gone through a few stretches — a few innings in a row — when it looks like he can get big league hitters out and limit the damage. Garcia hasn’t shown that at all. He just looks bad.

UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: That’s Jeter’s 1,000th career walk.

UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Rapada goes an inning and a third, and now here’s Phelps.

UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Three hitless innings for Phelps. He hasn’t been perfect every time out, but he’s been as effective as anyone currently in the Yankees rotation. Time to give him a start?

UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: There’s Granderson’s seventh home run, and it comes off lefty Phil Coke. It’s a 6-2 Tigers lead here in the seventh.

UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: Miguel Cabrera answers with his seventh home run of the season, this one off Cody Eppley.

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