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Cabrera Conks Out Yanks as Detroit Even Series

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The Miguel Cabrera show was chugging along on full force in a Saturday matinee, but the Detroit Tigers’ offense was almost too busy busting out itself to notice in a 9-3 win over the hometown New York Yankees.

Going 3-for-5 with two singles and a home run, Cabrera, a potential American League MVP candidate has effectively shown that he can hit, especially against the Yankees. In 45 career games against the Pinstripes, Cabrera’s numbers are hauntingly efficient, as the Tigers’ slugger is batting .367 with 11 doubles, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs over the stretch.

Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes had issues on the mound once more, as Detroit batters teed off for four earned runs off six hits including two home runs in just 4.1 innings pitched. Hughes is now 4-11 on the season, having lost nine of his last 11 decisions since May 15th, giving up at least one homer in 10 of those 11 starts.

The Tigers took the lead from the get-go, making the score 1-0 when a Torii Hunter sacrifice-fly scored former Yankees’ prospect Austin Jackson from third base after Jackson led off the inning with a triple.

Cabrera followed with a moon shot of a homer, his 35th and second home run in as many days to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

“It’s not about talk,” Cabrera said after knocking in his 109th RBI of the season. “It’s about going out there and play.”

Leading 2-0 going into the top of the fifth inning, Detroit broke out for four more runs and it began with Jackson once more. With one out, the Tigers’ center-fielder slammed his ninth home run of the season, a solo-shot into left-field to make it 3-0 Detroit, quickly ending the day for Hughes.

“I have to keep grinding,” Hughes said. “There are a few pitches I’d like back — the hanging slider to Jackson. But the fastball to Cabrera, that was a foot inside and well off the plate? You just tip your cap to him.”

Preston Claiborne, in relief of Hughes, could not find the off switch for Cabrera, as the Tigers’ third baseman singled to keep the hit show going. A Victor Martinez double scored Hunter from second to make it 4-0, while a Don Kelly single to center scored Cabrera from third and Martinez from second for a 6-0 Detroit advantage.

“He knows how to make adjustments,” said Hunter of Cabrera. “Once you think you got him, ‘Nah.’ He got you figured out already. Miguel’s definitely the best hitter on the planet.”

The Yankees responded in the bottom half of the fifth inning off the bat of first baseman Lyle Overbay [2-for-3], whose 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot that scored Eduardo Nunez off Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez [10-7], dug into the deficit to make it 6-2 Tigers.

Not looking to relinquish their lead, the Tigers made it 9-2 after Hunter smashed his 13th home run of 2013 off Yankees’ reliever Joba Chamberlain, a three-run shot to right-field.

The 1-2-3 hitters in the Detroit lineup combined to go 8-for-13, with seven runs, one triple, three home runs and six RBIs. Yankees ‘ pitching gave up 17 hits in the loss, one shy of their season high.

Detroit’s bullpen combo of Drew Smyly and Jeremy Bonderman allowed one earned run in two innings of relief. In contrast, the Yankees’ bullpen surrendered five earned runs for the fourth time this season, off 10 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

“It’s hard to believe what we are seeing,” said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. “I’m seeing things that are mind-boggling.”

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