The Detroit Tigers edged out a victory over the New York Yankees 5-4. Sergio Mitre got the loss for the Bronx Bombers. The loss puts the Yankees at 21-10 on the season.

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Initial Reaction:

Tonight was a battle of spot starters. Sergio Mitre got the start for the Yankees with Andy Pettitte’s left elbow inflammation and Brad Thomas started for the Tigers with a late scratch to Dontrelle Willis, who had a reported fever. Mitre went an inning longer, but also gave up one more run.

Positives From The Game:

Teix Message Sent: Mark Teixeira continued his smoking hot May with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. The ball was never high, but it was a laser that left the park in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

Top of the 8th: Joel Zumaya couldn’t find the strike zone in the beginning of the inning, starting out allowing three singles and a walk which amassed one run. Then, Brett Gardner legged out a fielder’s choice and got another run. See the end of the inning under “Negatives”…

Joba Rules: In the bottom of the 8th, Joba Chamberlain struck out the side. He reached up to 98 on the gun. If there are any doubters left, I think he convinced everyone that he belongs in the bullpen.

Negatives From The Game:

Old Demons: Ex-Yankee Johnny Damon hit a homer off of Sergio Mitre in the 5th inning. No comment there.

The Captain: Derek Jeter went 0-5 today. The worst to watch was his lineout in the top of the 8th. He smoked a line drive to right field, but Magglio Ordonez dove and came up with the ball. If he missed that, the Yankees would have taken a 6-5 lead.

Jose Valverde: The Tiger closer struck out the side in the 9th to close out the game for Detroit. Good for him. In other news, after every strikeout, he followed up with a dance which resembled a K-Rod like dance while having a seizure. Grow up.

Interesting Facts:

68: The number of pitches forced against Brad Thomas by the Yankee lineup in only three innings. However, this only translated to two runs.

102: Speed reached on ESPN’s radar by Tigers’ reliever Joel Zumaya (MPH). Seeing that was like seeing Brett Gardner outrun an infield single.

10: Number of pitchers used by both teams in this game. Let’s see how this will shape the rest of the four-game series.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees have another 7:05 PM game at Detroit. Let’s hope they can turn it around.

Projected Starters:

Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50 ERA)