Homers lead Yanks past Tigers

Well, unfortunately, the Tigers weren't able to start off the second half of the season like they did the first. The New York Yankees, possibly by staying fresh with 8 members of their team participating in the All Star game, came out firing and were able to get 5 Home Runs on the day, 4 against Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman.

For all the progress Jeremy Bonderman has made, his change-up still needs work. Bonderman only allowed 4 hits, but all 4 were solo Home Runs by Yankee sluggers, and 3 of the 4 came off Bonderman's change-up.

Bonderman made it 7 innings, with 4 earned runs off 4 hits and 6 strikeouts. Overall, not a bad outing for Bonderman, but it wasn't good enough on Thursday.

Recently called up Wilfredo Ledezma made his first appearance since last season with the Tigers, and was promptly welcomed by Alex Rodriguez, who launched a Home Run as the very first batter he faced.

Yankee starter Jose Contreras didn't have the same struggles. He also only allowed 4 hits, but none were Home Runs, and he allowed only 1 run over his 8 innings of work.

At the plate, Carlos Pena drove in the lone Tiger run, as Carlos Guillen scored on Pena's double to Center. Heavy-set DH Dmitri Young also legged out a triple, his first of the season.

The Yankees were led by the long ball. Rodriguez had 2 Home Runs, and Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton each had one.

The series continues Friday night, as Javier Vasquez faces Mike Maroth at 7:05pm.

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