Detroit rightfielder Magglio Ordonez made a sliding catch of Derek Jeter's sinking line drive in the eighth inning to preserve the Tigers' 5-4 victory over the Yankees in the series opener last night at Comerica Park. Beat writer Erik Boland has the gory details of all the Yanks' failures to deliver timely hits.
Score one for ex-Yankee Johnny Damon, who delivered a home run for the Tigers in his first game against his former team since signing as a free agent in Detroit. Nick Johnson, who took over Damon's No. 2 spot in the batting order, and Curtis Granderson, who was acquired in a trade from the Tigers to replace Damon in the outfield, both are on the disabled list. Manager Joe Girardi says it's too soon to judge the changes. Not for fans who can say, "I told you so" about the injury-prone Johnson.
The Yankees now have lost two in a row. Could they make it three? They could if Javier Vazquez doesn't show marked improvement after skipping a start to work on his mechanics with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Vazquez will be making his first start in 10 days that he said felt "like a month."
Be sure to catch Boland's live chat today at 2 p.m.