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The Francisco Cruceta Era Begins

The Tigers swept the Yankees.  I missed how long it’s been, but I thought they said the last time the Tigers swept the Yankees in Yankee Stadium was some time in the 1950s.  This game didn’t get off to a good start though.  Nate Robertson walked Johnny Damon, gave up a single to Derek Jeter and then served up a three run bomb to Bobby Abreu.  Three batters up in the first and three runs but he recovered nicely to pick up his first win of the season.  He gave up another run in the fifth on a Shelly Duncan single but the Tigers answered with two in the sixth and two in the seventh to finish with an 8-4 win.

Zach Miner threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief and his ERA is now below eight.  Francisco Cruceta then made his Tiger debut in the ninth.  He walked the leadoff hitter then on an odd play, Shelly Duncan lined it to Guillen, who couldn’t handle it.  Fortunately, Abreu thought Guillen initially caught it and those lost steps allowed Guillen to recover and get the fielders choice at second base.  A ground out and a line out later, and the Tigers had the sweep.

It was the Miguel Cabrera and Ramon Santiago show.  Cabrera homered, tripled, drove in three and drew a walk.  Santiago double, tripled, scored a run and drove in two.  Eight of the Tigers eleven hits were for extra bases in this one.

The White Sox were idle so the Tigers are now just a game and a half back of first place and one game below .500.  Next up are the Twins and it’ll be Scott Baker going up against Armando Galarraga in the opener.  The only day game in this series will be Sunday.

Brian, the last time the Tigers swept the yankees in new york was 1966. Keep up the good work. Ron

Posted by KalineCountry on May 2nd, 2008 at 1:18 am

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