Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Detroit leads 2-1 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Friday, August 24
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in 11
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Game 2: Saturday, August 25
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Detroit2
Game 3: Sunday, August 26
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Game 4: Monday, August 27
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Yankees 4

(72-58, 31-34 away)

Tigers 5

(70-60, 33-31 home)

    1:05 PM ET, August 26, 2007

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    NYY 010300000 4 8 1
    DET 30200000 - 5 4 0

    W: B. Seay (1-0)

    L: P. Hughes (2-2)

    S: T. Jones (33)

    Granderson's inside-the-park homer highlights Tigers win

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Curtis Granderson got the Tigers started right with a leadoff inside-the-park home run, and the Tigers held off the Yankees thanks to the relief pitching of J.D. Durbin, Bobby Seay, Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones after starter Jair Jurrjens left with a shoulder injury.

    Curtis Granderson
    Granderson

    • Inside job: Granderson became the fourth Tiger to hit an inside-the-park home run in Comerica Park's eight seasons.

    • Glove work: Third baseman Brandon Inge had a Web Gem to rob Melky Cabrera of a hit in the eighth, and first baseman Carlos Guillen turned two key defensive plays in the ninth to help preserve Detroit's win.

    • Quotable: "We knew how much we needed this one. A big game against the Yankees means a lot of emotion." -- Zumaya

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Tigers 5, Yankees 4

    DETROIT (AP) -- The New York Yankees hit the ball hard Sunday. The Detroit Tigers just kept making all the plays.

    The Tigers used three early homers and three late defensive gems to beat the Yankees 5-4, and can win their first series since mid-July with a victory in the series finale Monday night.

    "We've had some bad moments this year, but the one thing about this team is that they always give it everything they have," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's the thing that makes a manager proud."

    The Tigers moved within 5 games of the Seattle Mariners in the wild-card race. Detroit began the day 2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

    "We knew how much we needed this one," said Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya, who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. "A big game against the Yankees means a lot of emotion."

    New York fell 2 games behind Seattle, and 7 behind Boston in the AL East.

    "We're all right," manager Joe Torre said.

    After third baseman Brandon Inge made a spectacular play in the eighth, part-time first baseman Carlos Guillen bailed out Tigers closer Todd Jones with two tough plays in the ninth.

    Hideki Matsui started the inning with a grounder between first and second, but Guillen, who moved from shortstop to first before the eighth inning, ranged far to his right to get the ball, then threw across his body to Jones covering first.

    "That was an incredible play," Jones said. "I didn't think he could get to the ball, but when he did, I figured I better get myself over to the bag."

    After Jason Giambi's single, Guillen snared Robinson Cano's hard-hit grounder and started a game-ending 3-6-3 double play.

    "They caught everything we hit," Torre said. "With our offense, normally we can overcome that."

    Guillen, Detroit's All-Star shortstop, has been playing first base in the late innings of games because of a bad back.

    "I'm comfortable there," said Guillen, who started playing first base in last year's World Baseball Classic. "I'm just trying to enjoy it and do the best I can."

    The Yankees were without Derek Jeter, who rested a sore knee, while Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez was ejected after arguing with home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook after the top of the fourth inning.

    Bobby Seay (1-0) was awarded the win after pitching two scoreless innings of relief. The Tigers needed five pitchers after rookie starter Jair Jurrjens left in the second inning because of a sore shoulder.

    "It's been a long time coming," said Seay, who hadn't won since 2001. "This feels good."

    Phil Hughes (2-2) lost for the first time since his major league debut on April 26. He allowed five runs and four hits, including three homers, in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.

    "We lost, so it was a bad start," he said. "That's the only way you can look at it."

    The Tigers had only four hits in the game, none after the third inning.

    Curtis Granderson, who leads the majors with 21 triples, led off the Detroit first with an inside-the-park homer. Granderson hit a slicing liner down the left-field line that got by Matsui and rolled to the wall, and he easily beat Alex Rodriguez's relay to the plate.

    "Once it got by Matsui, I was thinking about third, but then I saw Gene Lamont waving," he said. "He kept waving and I kept running."

    Placido Polanco singled, and after Hughes retired the next two hitters, Guillen homered deep into the right-field stands.

    Giambi made it 3-1 in the second with a homer that landed in almost the same spot as Guillen's. Jurrjens left the game without throwing another pitch, and was replaced by Chad Durbin.

    Marcus Thames gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead in the third with a two-run homer, but Cano made it a one-run game with a three-run shot off Durbin in the fourth.

    The Yankees put two runners on with one out in the fifth, but Bobby Seay replaced Durbin and retired Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez to end the inning.

    Inge started Detroit's defensive show when he robbed Melky Cabrera of a leadoff single in the eighth. Cabrera's hard bouncer up the middle deflected off Zumaya's glove and rolled toward the third-base line, but Inge made a barehanded pickup and threw Cabrera out at first.

    Zumaya, in his third outing since returning from the disabled list, then retired Abreu and struck out Rodriguez to end the inning. He was activated Tuesday after missing more than three months because of a sprained middle finger.

    "I haven't had a strikeout in a while, so it felt really good to get A-Rod," he said.

    Game notes


    Granderson was the fourth Tiger to hit an inside-the-park homer in Comerica Park's eight seasons. ... The game was delayed for approximately five minutes while Durbin warmed up after Jurrjens' injury. ... Cano's homer, which landed in the bushes beyond the center-field fence, was estimated at 431 feet. ... Polanco extended his major league record streak of errorless games at second base to 150. ... Jurrjens was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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