NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees celebrates his sixth inning two run home run against the Detroit Tigers on August 19 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Overpower Tigers, 11-5

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Nine-Run Sixth-Inning Propels Yankees

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Robinson Cano’s two-run home run capped a nine- run sixth inning as the New York Yankees clobbered the Detroit Tigers, 11-5, in the finale of a four-game set.

Cano finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored while Austin Kearns and Derek Jeter each drove in two runs for the Yankees, who took the final three games of the set after dropping the opener. Phil Hughes (15-5) got the win as he was charged with two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over six innings of work.

The win moved New York into first place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay, which plays Oakland later on Thursday.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run while Jhonny Peralta added a solo shot for the Tigers, who had won three straight prior to losing the final three games of the series. Rick Porcello (5-11) went five-plus innings in the start and was charged with six runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

New York got its first hit of the game with one out in the fourth as Mark Teixeira singled. Cano then singled and Nick Swisher’s one-bagger scored Teixeira. After Jorge Posada flied out, Curtis Granderson singled to tie the game, 2-2.

After giving up a one-out single to Will Rhymes with one out in the third, Hughes retired 11 straight batters through the sixth inning and in the bottom of the frame, the Yanks blew the game wide open.

Teixeira led off with a walk and Cano brought him home with a double. After Swisher walked, Posada singled to bring home Cano.

Daniel Schlereth then took the mound and walked Granderson before handing the ball to Robbie Weinhardt. Kearns greeted Weinhardt with a two-run double and, after Ramiro Pena grounded out, Brett Gardner worked a walk that saw ball four get past catcher Alex Avila, allowing Granderson to score. A Jeter triple later in the frame scored two more and Cano’s two-run blast made it an 11-2 game.

Detroit got a couple back in the seventh on Peralta’s solo home run and an RBI single from Austin Jackson that made it 11-4.

The Tigers got another run in the eighth when Ryan Raburn led off with a double and came home as Brennan Boesch followed with a single.

Sergio Mitre finished off his three-frame outing with a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the year.

Detroit jumped on top in the first inning as Rhymes singled with one out and, two batters later, Cabrera jumped on a 3-2 pitch and deposited it over the wall in right center for a 2-0 lead.

The Yankees host Seattle for three games starting on Friday…Each team won four games in the season series…The Tigers return home to face Cleveland for three games starting on Friday…Hughes moved to 4-2 lifetime over seven games against Detroit…Porcello fell to 1-2 in three starts against New York…Cabrera reached the 100-RBI mark in the game. It is the seventh straight season he has reached that plateau…Before the game, the Yankees placed designated hitter Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain. The team called up infielder Eduardo Nunez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his spot on the roster.



Lance Berkman To Disabled List

The New York Yankees have placed designated hitter Lance Berkman on the disabled list with an ankle injury. It appears they have recalled infielder Eduardo Nunez to take his place, though that has yet to be officially announced.

Seems Berkman has fallen prey to the curse of Nick Johnson.


Yankees, Tigers Finish Series With Matinee

(Sports Network) - Phil Hughes goes after win No. 15 this afternoon when the New York Yankees close out their four-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.

Hughes has alternated wins and losses in his last seven outings, but picked up a win his previous time out on Saturday in Kansas City thanks to five home runs, three of which came off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. Hughes did his part, though, as he allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings to up his mark to 14-5 on the year to go along with a 3.94 earned run average.

"I'm really lucky to have a great offense behind me, anytime you can look up and see that," Hughes said. "I feel like I've been throwing the ball OK here and there, and it seems like we've been scoring enough runs to win. It's a nice feeling."

Hughes tossed seven scoreless innings to beat the Tigers the last time he faced them and is 3-2 lifetime in this series with a 3.86 ERA in six games (four starts).

Detroit, meanwhile, will counter with a young right-hander of its own in 21- year-old Rick Porcello, who grew up as a Yankee fan in nearby New Jersey. A 14-game winner a year ago, Porcello has struggled in season two, going 5-10 with a 5.53 ERA.

One of those wins, though, came against the Yankees, who could not muster a run in seven innings off of Porcello back on May 12. He is 1-1 in his two starts against the Bronx Bombers with a 5.06 ERA.

New York rode the long ball to a win on Wednesday, as Mark Teixeira had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Curtis Granderson went deep for a second straight night against his former team, helping the Yankees to a 9-5 win.

Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit consecutive homers off Jeremy Bonderman (6-9) in the opening inning and Granderson added another off the right-hander in the fifth, as the Yankees won their second in a row and remained in a tie with Tampa Bay atop the AL East.

Dustin Moseley (3-2) allowed five hits and four runs over five innings to get the win.

Rodriguez was out of the lineup a second straight night due to a strained left calf muscle.

Miguel Cabrera belted a pair of solo homers for the Tigers, who had a three- game winning streak broken in Tuesday's 6-2 loss. Cabrera has four homers in his last four games and 30 this year. It's the sixth time in his career he has hit 30 homers in a season.

Bonderman surrendered six hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over five frames to lose his third straight start. He fell to 3-9 lifetime against the Yankees.

"It's not good, it seems to be the way it's going for me lately," Bonderman said.

The game got a bit testy late when Cabrera was hit by a pitch from Chad Gaudin in the eighth inning. A pitch from Enrique Gonzalez then sailed behind Derek Jeter in the bottom of the inning.

All that occurred after Brett Gardner was hit by the first pitch of the game which led to both benches being warned. There may have been some lingering bad blood after Gardner slid hard into second base on Monday to break up a double play, injuring the knee of second baseman Carlos Guillen, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

"Luckily I didn't get hit tonight," Teixeira said. "If you are part of it, if you are one of those who are getting plunked it's not fun. I've never been big on beanball wars. It's not baseball. Hopefully there won't be any more of that."

Detroit has won four of its seven meetings with the Yankees this season.

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