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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees connects on a second inning solo home run against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Yankees vs. Tigers

For the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera blew three straight save opportunities, allowing home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the ninth inning. Brett Gardner bailed him out, hitting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees follows through
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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees follows through on a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after
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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees follows through
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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees follows through on a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after
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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after
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Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Mariano Rivera #42 of the Yankees reacts after
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Mariano Rivera #42 of the Yankees reacts after giving up the game tying home run to Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Mariano Rivera reacts after giving up a solo
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Mariano Rivera reacts after giving up a solo home run to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

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Brett Gardner celebrates after hitting a walk off
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Brett Gardner celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Eduardo Nunez #26 of the Yankees singles in
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Eduardo Nunez #26 of the Yankees singles in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Boone Logan #48 of the Yankees pitches against
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Boone Logan #48 of the Yankees pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers reacts
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Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after hitting Chris Stewart #19 of the Yankees in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Chris Stewart #19 of the Yankees is hit
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Chris Stewart #19 of the Yankees is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning by Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

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Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees celebrates after
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Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees celebrates after hitting a solo home run and his 2000 career hit in the fourth inning with teammate Eduardo Nunez #26 against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Andy Pettitte #46 of the Yankees pitches in
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Andy Pettitte #46 of the Yankees pitches in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees connects on
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees connects on a second inning solo home run against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a RBI single in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees celebrates after
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees celebrates after completing a unassisted double play against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a RBI single in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees hits a RBI single in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees looks on
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees looks on during the warm ups prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees looks on
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees looks on during the warm ups prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees follows through
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Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees follows through on a solo home run and his 2000 career hits in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

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Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees follows through
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Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Yankees follows through on a solo home run and his 2000 career hits in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez (26) with a single
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Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez (26) with a single in the top of the 5th. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) with
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Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) with solo homer to left in the top of the fifth. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) with
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) with a single to left in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) blasts
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) blasts a single in the top of the 5th. (August 10, 2013)

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) deliver
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) deliver in the bottom of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) delivers in
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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) delivers in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) with
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Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez along with CC Sabathia and Andy
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Alex Rodriguez along with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettite in the dugout in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013).

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) motors
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Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) motors to third with a standup triple off the centerfield wall in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) delivers in
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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) delivers in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) scores
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Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) scores on an RBI sacrifice fly by Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) in the top of the first. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) gets
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) gets all of a Phil Hughes' fastball for a solo line drive homer to left in the top of the third. (August 10, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) gives up
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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) gives up the ball to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) after pitching 4 1/3 innings. (August 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) greets
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) greets Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) after he hit a solo homer to left in the top of the third. (August 10, 2013)

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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) rounds
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) rounds the bases after hitting a solo line drive homer to left in the top of the third. (August 10, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes takes a breather
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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes takes a breather in the top of the third. (Aug. 10, 2013)

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) rounds
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) rounds the bases after hitting a solo line drive homer to left in the top of the third. (August 10, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) chats with Yankees
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) chats with Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout during the game. (August 10, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) takes a
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Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) takes a glance at the scoreboard at the end of the top of the third. (August 10, 2013)

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Robinson Cano of the Yankees bats in the
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees bats in the third inning. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees walks up to
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees walks up to the plate in the third inning. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees dives for a
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Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees dives for a fly ball hit by Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. (Aug. 9, 2013)

A fan holds a banner in reference to
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A fan holds a banner in reference to Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees reacts after striking
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Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees reacts after striking out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 9, 2013)

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Dan Girardi of the Rangers, John Tavares of
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers, John Tavares of the Islanders and Andy Greene of the Devils throw out the ceremonial first pitches before a game between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees walks back to
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Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 9, 2013)

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