1:05 PM ET, April 3, 2011
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- In a long-ball derby, Tigers manager Jim Leyland preferred Brennan Boesch's simple sacrifice fly as the hit of the game.Boesch's run-scoring flyball was just one of four RBIs for the designated hitter on a four-hit day, and Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs as Detroit outslugged the New York Yankees 10-7 Sunday for its first win of the season.
Boesch became first Tiger since Dmitri Young on April 4, 2005, to have at least four hits, four runs and four RBIs in a game. ... Leyland said about Ordonez's ankle: "It doesn't seem to be anything serious, which is what we thought." ... Posada's previous multihomer game was on Sept. 1, 2009, at Baltimore. ... The Tigers got just their second win at new Yankee Stadium. They were 1-6 entering this season. Scherzer earned the win.
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Regular Season Series
|1st||M Cabrera homered to left (414 feet), B Boesch scored.||2||0|
|2nd||J Posada homered to right (391 feet), N Swisher scored.||2||2|
|3rd||B Boesch singled to center, A Jackson scored.||3||2|
|3rd||M Cabrera homered to left (423 feet), B Boesch scored.||5||2|
|3rd||M Teixeira homered to right (366 feet).||5||3|
|3rd||R Cano homered to right (329 feet).||5||4|
|5th||B Boesch homered to right (365 feet), R Santiago scored.||7||4|
|5th||J Posada homered to right (408 feet), N Swisher scored.||7||6|
|6th||R Santiago doubled to right, J Peralta scored, A Jackson to third.||8||6|
|6th||B Boesch hit sacrifice fly to left, A Jackson scored.||9||6|
|7th||N Swisher doubled to deep right center, R Cano scored.||9||7|
|9th||R Raburn doubled to left, B Boesch scored.||10||7|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||40,574 (80.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||52 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals|
From Elias: The Yankees hit 9 HR in their 3-game series with the Tigers to open the season. That is the most HR hit by the Yankees in the first 3 games of the season in franchise history. The 1932 and 1981 teams hit 8 HR in the first 3 games of the season.
From Elias: Mark Teixeira has homered in each of his first 3 games. The only other Yankee to HR in each of the first 3 games of the season was Dave Winfield in 1983. Those 3 games were at the Kingdome in Seattle, so Teixeira is the first Yankee to do it at Yankee Stadium to start the season.
All four homers surrendered by Max Scherzer to the Yankees came on either the first or second pitch of an AB. Last year Scherzer's opponents hit .339 with an OPS of .802 on the first two pitches. After that it dropped to .213 and .667. Scherzer is only the third Tigers pitcher to allow 4 or more homers to the Yankees in a game in the Bronx. Wil Ledezma (2005) and Phil Regan (1960) are the others.
Robinson Cano yanked a first-pitch slider into the seats in the third inning. Since the start of 2009, Cano has hit .398 when he swings at the first pitch. That includes 12 homers. Overall Cano has swung at 32.5% of first pitches, five points above the major-league average. He also likes sliders generally; last season Cano led the majors with 10 taters on that pitch. His .319 BA was nearly a hundred points above the .221 major-league average.
Miguel Cabrera went deep on a cut fastball that left Phil Hughes' hand at just 79.2 mph. The cutter was easily Cabrera's best pitch in 2010; he hit .452 (14-for-31) with seven extra-base hits and an OPS of 1.340. That was even higher than his .409 average in 2009. It was also the best average in the majors among players who saw at least 100 cutters last season.
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