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Live Blog: Yankees top Tigers 9-5

FINAL SCORE: Yankees 9, Tigers 5 

WP: Dustin Moseley (3-2)

LP: Jeremy Bonderman (6-9)

Top 9th: Mo struck out Jackson, induced a ground out to second from Santiagio and got Raburn to fly out and end the game.

SCORE: Yankees 9, Tigers 5

Bottom 8th: Despite loading the bases, the Yankees could not score. Miguel Cabrera turns a bizarre 3-3-2-5 double-play where Jeter got caught in a rundown, but Teixeira stood firmly at third and waited to be tagged to end the inning. Yanks up four and "Enter Sandman" is playing ...

SCORE: Yankees 9, Tigers 5

Top 8th: Chad Gaudin relieved Wood with the Yankees up five runs, but loaded the bases by plunking Cabrera, gaving up a single to Damon and walking Peralta. David Robertson came in to clean up the mess. Robertson squandered one run on a sac fly by Inge and got groundouts from Avila and Kelly to end the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 9, Tigers 5

Bottom 7th: Austin Kearns broke the game wide open with a ground-rule double with the bases loaded, scoring Teixeira and Swisher, who previously got on via a ground-rule double. Brad Thomson loaded the bases and Enrique Gonzalez was brought in with two outs to clean up the mess, but only made thing worse by serving up a middle-in pitch to Kearns. On a down note, Granderson struck out for second out of the inning, making it 30 times he has struck out in 107 at-bats versus lefties this year.

SCORE: Yankees 9, Tigers 4

Top 7th: Boone Logan relieved Chamberlain and struggled, giving up two hits and getting one out. Kerry Wood was then brought in and gave up a single to load the bases, but then burned Santiago with a sinking fastball on the outside corner for his 1,500 career strikeout and the second out of the inning. He then got No. 1,501 by getting Rayburn to swing over a breaking ball to end the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 7, Tigers 4

Bottom 6th: Brad Thomas relieved Bonderman and put down Pena, Gardner and Jeter in order, including an excellent play of his own, catapulting of the mound to pick up a dribbler from Jeter and fire a bullet to get the Yankee shortstop out by a hair. 

SCORE: Yankees 7, Tigers 4

Top 6th: Joba Chamberlain relieved Moseley. It was a short night for Moseley and rightly so. He gave up four runs on five its in five innings, including two bombs. Chamberlain gave up a leadoff double to Rayburn, but got Cabrera to ground to short, Damon to strike out on a slider and Peralta to fly out. Granderson helped Chamberlain end the inning with a slick sliding catch to put out Peralta.

SCORE: Yankees 7, Tigers 4

Bottom 5th: Granderson stays hot and blasts his 13th home run of the season to right with two outs, which ignited the crowd for a boisterous ovation. Tack-on runs are important tonight considering Moseley's less-than-stellar stuff.

SCORE: Yankees 7, Tigers 4

Top 5th: The Tigers just won't stay down. Don Kelly hit a two-run homer to shorten the Yankee lead to two. Moseley threw a good breaking ball to Kelly, but Kelly's swing was sped up because of a fastball the pitch before.

SCORE: Yankees 6, Tigers 4

Bottom 4th: The Yankees fire back with three runs coming on an RBI-triple by Pena, an RBI-double by Gardner and a fielding error that allowed Gardner to score. The error came with two outs, when Teixeira hit a sharp grounder that bounced past first and the second baseman threw to the bag with no one covering. The ball rattled around the backstop and Gardner trotted in.

SCORE: Yankees 6, Tigers 2

Top 4th: Cabrera hit another jaw-dropping homer, this time to opposite field with two outs. His plate coverage the last two games has been astounding. He clubbed an ankle-high pitch yesterday for a homer, turned on a pitch in on his hands today for another and this last one was diving low-and-away below his knees. These have not been mistake pitches, just astonishing hitting skills on display. 

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 2

Bottom 3rd: Rightfielder Ryan Raburn lost track of Teixeira's fly ball and it bounced behind him and into the stands for a ground-rule double with one out. No one could bring him home, however. Cano walked, Swisher struck out and Posada grounded out.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 1

Top 3rd: Moseley mows down Avila, Kelly and Jackson in order.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 1

Bottom 2nd: Granderson flied out, Kearns grounded out, Pena walked and Gardner flied out to the warning track in right.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 1

Top 2nd: Miguel Cabrera continues to rake. He yanked his 29th home run of the season. Cabrera ranks in the top three in each of the triple crown categories. 

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 1

Bottom 1st: Teixeira and Cano slugged back-to-back home runs to put the Yankees up 3-0. Gardner was hit with a pitch on the leg and Teixiera clubbed a slider deep into the rightfield stands for a two-run homer, his 27th of the season. Cano's solo shot was his 23rd of the year. Teixeira has now reached base in 57 of his last 62 games since June 6 and leads the majors with 87 runs scored.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Tigers 0

Top 1st: Moseley worked around two singles thanks to Posada, who threw out Austin Jackson for the first out, and to Cano and Jeter who turned an inning-ending double play.

SCORE: Yankees 0, Tigers 0

Beware Mighty Miguel: Miguel Cabrera enters tonight's game hitting .343 (71 hits in 207 at-bats) with 16 doubles, 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 55 road games this season. 

Bonderman's struggles: Tonight's starter Jeremy Bonderman has lost six of his seven decisions against the Yankees dating back to May 29, 2006. He has a 5.65 ERA over that seven-start stretch. 

Moseley: Moseley went just 4 1/3 innings pitched in a 4-3 loss to Kansas City last time out ... his last appearance versus Detroit came as a member of the Los Angeles Angels and he went 5 innings to record a no-decision in a 6-4 loss ... Moseley will want to be weary of Brandon Inge, who is 3-for-4 against him. 

Solid bullpen: Yankees relievers have held opponents scoreless in 17 of their last 21 games since July 26, combining for a 1.13 ERA (55 2/3 IP, 7 ER) over the stretch with 51 K and a .159 (30-for-193) opponents' batting average. David Robertson has not allowed a run in his last 17 appearances since July 4 and has 22 strike outs in 16 2/3 innings pitched. Boone Logan has retired 26 of his last 30 batters.  

Two milestones on horizon: Sitting on 1,558 career hits, Jorge Posada needs one more to surpass Thurman Munson for sole possession of 17th place on the Yankee's all-time hits list. Kerry Wood is one punch-out from reaching 1,500 career strikeouts.

Yankees lineup:

1. Brett Gardner lf
2. Derek Jeter ss
3. Mark Teixeira 1b
4. Robinson Cano 2b
5. Nick Swisher dh
6. Jorge Posada c
7. Curtis Granderson cf
8. Austin Kearns rf
9. Ramiro Pena 3b

Pitching: Dustin Moseley

Tigers lineup:

1. Austin Jackson cf
2. Ramon Santiago 2b
3. Ryan Raburn rf
4. Miguel Cabrera 1b
5. Johnny Damon dh
6. Jhonny Peralta ss
7. Brandon Inge 3b
8. Alex Avila c
9. Don Kelly lf

Pitching: Jeremy Bonderman


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