After the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers this afternoon, they took a 1/2 game lead in the American League East. The Yankees responded with a win of their own, besting the Tigers 9-5. Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson all homered while Dustin Moseley won his third start, giving the Yankees five serviceable innings.

Initial Reaction:

After the Yankees took a quick 3-0 in the first inning, this game had the sense of a blowout. Those feelings became stronger when the Yankees carried a 6-2 lead into the fifth inning. However, a fifth inning Don Kelly two-run home run cut the Yankee lead in half, but Curtis Granderson responded with a solo jack of his own in the bottom half of the frame.

With the Yankees comfortably ahead 9-4 in the eighth inning, Chad Gaudin made a mess and left David Robertson with a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Robertson was able to effectively work out of the jam, allowing only one run on a Brandon Inge sacrifice fly. More great work by D-Rob.

Positives From The Game:

Austin Powers: Austin Kearns delivered a big bases-loaded double in the seventh inning to give the Yanks a five-run advantage. His hit made Gaudin’s eighth inning disaster a little less stressful.

Moseley was Marginal: Dustin Moseley’s job is to give the Yankees’ serviceable starts and he did that tonight. Aside from Miguel Cabrera’s two solo home runs, Moseley held the rest of the Tiger offense to two runs on three hits. Cabrera is the best hitter in the American League so all he can do is tip your cap to him and move on.

Teix is Terrific: Mark Teixeira clubbed his 27th home run tonight and finished the game with three hits. With Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup for the next week or so, Teixeira must continue to lead the offense.

Kerry’s K: Kerry Wood relieved Boone Logan in the seventh inning and was able to notch a big strike out against Ryan Raburn. Wood is the type of player who will thrive in a pennant race as he looks to win his first championship.

Negatives From The Game:

Gaudin: Chad, we are up by five runs, get people out!

Avoid Complacency: This game had the feel of a blowout, but the Yankees just couldn’t seem to put the Tigers away. The Yanks scored six runs off of Tigers’ starter, Jeremy Bonderman, but were not able to just pour it on against the Tiger pen. Don’t let the Tigers stay around.

Interesting Facts:

.346: Since tweaking his batting approach with Kevin Long, Curtis Granderson is hitting .346.

What’s Next?:

Day game tomorrow as the Yankees look to take three of four from those pesky Tigers.

Thursday, 1:05 PM, YES: Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.53 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.94 ERA)

Last Start:
Porcello: ND, seven innings, two earned runs, three strikeouts (at Chicago)
Hughes: Win,six innings, three earned runs (at Kansas City)

**Porcello is 1-5 with 6.31 ERA on the road this year.
**Hughes has a 4.79 ERA at home this year.

Enjoy the series!