Weaver Loses To Tigers; Rotation Spot in Jeopardy

Jeff Weaver allowed ten hits through seven innings and lost against his former teammates by a final score of 4-2. Dmitri Young homered in the fifth and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to break the Yankees' three-game win streak and put Weaver's future in the rotation in question.

Adam Bernero (1-6) kept the Yankees hitless into the fifth inning before giving up a solo homerun to Raul Mondesi. Bernero picked up his first win since June 10, 2002 by pitching seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out a career-high seven batters.

Franklyn German made things interesting in the ninth inning, letting the Yankees put two men in scoring position, but got out of the jam to notch his third save of the year.

Jeff Weaver (3-4) allowed three runs in his seven innings of work to pick up the loss and drop to a losing record. Weaver has been in George Steinbrenner's hot seat for the last week, and needed to excel Saturday night to maintain his job security.

Weaver didn't pitch poorly, but Jose Contreras is hot on his heels to take over his spot in the rotation. Contreras pitched seven scoreless innings Friday night, making his bid to move out of the bullpen.

As a team, the Yankees were held to just three hits, including Mondesi's tenth homerun of the season. Derek Jeter added an RBI triple shortly after Mondesi's blast, and Jorge Posada later singled.

Ramon Santiago added an insurance run in the eighth inning to put his team up 4-2.

Weaver was facing his old team for the first time in his career. He came up with the Tigers in 1999 and quickly became their ace. In his three and a half years there he compiled a 39-51 record, not bad for the dismal teams he played on. Weaver came over to the Yankees in the middle of 2002 as part of a three-team deal with Oakland.

The rubber match of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 pm, and the Yankees would sure like a win. Roger Clemens (6-3, 3.71) will be attempting to win his 300th career victory for the second time, and also to prevent the Yankees from losing a series to the Tigers – who haven't won a home series all season. Jeremy Bonderman (2-7, 5.43) will face him, attempting to win the series for Detroit.

Notes: Alfonso Soriano has finally hit a cold spell. The young second baseman is hitting just .120 (3-22) over the last five games, and is still looking for his first hit of this series … Matt Walbeck's second-inning single broke an 0-17 slump … 1B Carlos Pena still hasn't returned to Detroit's lineup. He is out with an injured calf … Young's homerun was hit to the deepest part of Comerica Park – centerfield – where the fence is 420 feet away from home plate. Jason Giambi lofted one out there in the sixth, but CF Alex Sanchez caught it.

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