Tigs victorious over Yanks again, 10-8

The Tigers seemed doomed when star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez (as well as manager Alan Trammell) were tossed from the game in the first inning. But the resilient Tigers kept going, and ended up putting up another 10 runs on Yankee pitching, even without the top hitter in all of baseball. The win meant a series win for the Tigers over the Yankees in the Bronx, their first in 8 years.

Get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball, then take 2 of the 3 from the best team in baseball. The crazy pattern the Tigers have followed continues, but as long as it means wins, the Tigers won't be complaining - especially when those wins come against the team with the best record in baseball, and the defending American League champs.

Jeremy Bonderman made the start for the Tigers, and was cruising until the 7th inning, when he ran into trouble, trouble that Franklyn German couldn't get the team out of either, but Esteban Yan did. Bonderman ended up going 6 2/3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. Bonderman also struck out 5 batters. Ugueth Urbina then came on in the 9th inning, getting his 12th save of the year after Yan handed him a 2-run lead.

Bonderman's opposition, Brad Halsey, wasn't quite as fortunate. Halsey went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) before being yanked.

Helping the Tigers out at the plate was their other All Star, the one wasn't ejected in the 1st inning for supposedly arguing a call (although the umpire probably wanted to make sure the game did not get out of hand like the past 2 games). Carlos Guillen hit his 12th Home Run on his way to a 3-for-5 day with 3 RBI. Omar Infante also went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored.

For the Yankees, Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez each had Home Runs, but their offense just wasn't enough to keep up with the Tigers - as shocking as those words may be.

The Tigers now head to Minnesota for a 4-game series with the Twins before the All Star break. Mike Maroth faces Terry Mulholland at 8:10pm.

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