The Detroit Tigers out-slugged the Yankees this afternoon behind a pair of two-run homers from Miguel Cabrera and four hits and four RBI from the most recent Yankee killer, Brennan Boesch. In his first start of the year, Phil Hughes – whose second-half struggles carried into October last season – picked up right where he left off: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR. The way Hughes and Bartolo Colon pitched this afternoon, the Yanks didn’t really deserve to get the win.

The dream of 162-0 – so close we could almost taste it – is over.

"First win! Let's go celebr -- oh, wait, that's right…"


Recap

Cabrera kicked off the homerun derby in the first inning by lining a 1-2 pitch into the bleachers in left, putting the Tigers ahead 2-0. He later hit a long drive in the third inning for his 19th career multihomer game. Ahead of Cabrera’s second homer, Boesch lined an RBI single after Austin Jackson led off the inning with a walk and stolen base.

While Hughes struggled, Tigers starter Max Scherzer had troubles of his own. Mark Teixeria and Robinson Cano connected around a strike out for Alex Rodriguez. The drives barely cleared the fence in right, but a homerun still counts as a homerun; the Yanks pulled within one run, 5-4.

Bartolo Colon relieved Hughes after the fourth inning for his first appearance in the big leagues since July 24, 2009, with the Chicago White Sox against Detroit. He gave up a hit to his first batter faced, Ramon Santiago, and Boesch extended the lead to 7-4 with a two-run shot.

Jorge Posada had a 2-2 count in the second when he hit a drive into the second-deck in right field for his first homer in his new role as the Yankees’ full-time designated hitter. He connected for another two-run shot in the fifth, pulling the Yankees to within a run (again), 7-6. Colon gave up a run-scoring single to Santiago and a sacrifice fly to Boesch in the sixth, making the score 9-6. Nick Swisher hit an RBI double off the wall in right-center in the bottom half off Phil Coke to make it 9-7, but that’s the last run the Yankees would score in this one.

As Meat Loaf once sang, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Although his hit probably wasn’t about baseball, it translates well. All we ask is for the Yanks to keep winning lots of series, because if they can do that the season will be a success. Three out of three is great, but two out of three ain’t bad at all.

Key Stats

Aug. 18: Cabrera’s previous multihomer game came at Yankee Stadium on August 18 of last year.

25 of 26: Cabrera really enjoys facing the Yankees. He had at least one hit in all three games in this series, and has hit safely in 25 of 26 games against the Yankees.

.136/2/9: This was Mark Teixeira’s batting line through the entire month of April (81 at-bats) last season: .136 batting average, 2 HR, 9 RBI. A notorious slow starter, Teix was en fuego out of the gate in the series against Detroit. His current line through the first three games (12 at-bats) is .333/3/7.

What’s Next?

The Yankees host the Minnesota Twins in a four-game set starting Monday, a rematch of last year’s ALDS which the Yanks swept. Same result sounds good to me.

7:05 PM, ESPN: Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00 ERA)