So much attention heading into this series was focused on the Tigers’ rotation, it became easy to forget Detroit could really hit as well. And as it turned out, the most important reason the Yankees took three out of four was the Yankees pitching staff keeping the Tigers’ bats in check. Today it was Shane Greene’s turn, and the Yankees rookie delivered the best performance of the series, going eight shutout innings for a 1-0 Yankees win in the series finale. Greene walked three, struck out five and allowed four hits — all singles, and none particularly hard-hit. It was the best outing of his young career, and it fell right in line with the other Yankees starters this series. In their three wins, the Yankees starters — Greene, Chris Capuano and Brandon McCarthy — combined to pitch 20.1 innings without an earned run. That’s against the team with the fifth-most runs in baseball (granted, the Tigers lineup has taken a hit recently). Greene pitched into the ninth inning, but he was pulled after a leadoff single. Dave Robertson finished off the win for his 31st save thanks to a key double play against Miguel Cabrera. The Yankees got the one run they needed in the fourth inning when they strung together three straight two-out hits. Carlos Beltran singled, Chase Headley singled, and Stephen Drew doubled in a run on a line drive that bounced into the seats in left field. It was his third double in the past six games.
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