DETROIT (AP) -- After needing three months to get his first hit
with the Tigers, Magglio Ordonez could not wait to return -- even if
it meant facing Randy Johnson.
Ordonez hit a two-run homer off Johnson in his return from the
disabled list and Jeremy Bonderman pitched a complete game, leading
Detroit over the New York Yankees 10-2 on Friday night.Sidelined since April 13 with a hernia, Ordonez wasn't expected
back until later in the weekend, but asked manager Alan Trammell to
put him in Friday's lineup."It was exciting. I got my first hit as a Tiger and I felt
good," Ordonez said.Ordonez went 0-for-10 in three early season games after signing
with the Tigers as a free agent. In his last healthy season, he hit
.317 with 29 homers and 99 RBI for the Chicago White Sox in 2003."We just put a guy in the middle of our lineup that is a very
good hitter," Trammell said. "This is a guy with a proven track
record."Bonderman (10-5) gave up eight hits in his second complete game
in three starts and fourth of his career. He struck out five and
walked two -- both in the ninth inning -- as he became the first
Tigers pitcher to win 10 games before the All-Star break since Bill
Gullickson in 1991."He's an All-Star type pitcher," Yankees manager Joe Torre
said. "You certainly don't want to give him a head of steam. We
certainly made him too comfortable."The Tigers roughed up Johnson (7-6), who gave up nine hits and
seven runs over five innings. It was the second time Johnson gave
up seven runs in his last three starts. He struck out two and
walked one."It's a surprise when he gets manhandled like he did," Torre
said. "He had no problems warming up. He looked like he was fine.
I thought he had dominating stuff."Johnson said he had no explanation for his performance."It was just bad location, a bad game," he said. "I just
pitched bad. I'm capable of having a bad game, just like anybody
else at work."I have a high ERA right now and my record is not where I'd
like it to be, and I've had some bad games in the mix. I haven't
pitched well."Ordonez hit a 1-0 pitch off Johnson in the fifth inning. He got
a standing ovation from the fans when he took his position in right
field in the sixth."It means a lot to know the fans are behind you like that,"
Ordonez said.New York got a first-inning run on Gary Sheffield's groundout,
but the Tigers tied it in the bottom half on back-to-back doubles
by Brandon Inge and Placido Polanco.The Tigers pulled ahead 4-1 in the second, highlighted by Chris
Shelton's two-run shot, his fifth homer of the year.Polanco had a career-high five RBI. He hit a three-run shot to
left off Scott Proctor, who replaced Johnson in the sixth. Proctor
was only on the mound for one inning, allowing two hits and three
runs.New York's Hideki Matsui hit his 11th home run, a solo shot to
left in the sixth.
Tigers CF Nook Logan stole his 16th base. ... Detroit bench
coach Kirk Gibson switched jobs with Bruce Fields, who had been the
hitting coach since 2003. ... Rookie right-hander Justin Verlander
is scheduled to start the second game of Detroit's doubleheader at
Cleveland Monday. Verlander was drafted in the first round in 2004
out of Old Dominion. ... A plaque in honor of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb
was removed from old Tiger Stadium and relocated to Comerica Park.
... Center fielder Bernie Williams singled in the second inning to
tie Don Mattingly (2,153) on the Yankees' all-time hit list. ...
Friday's game had a soldout crowd of 40,776.