Heading into last night’s game at Comerica Park, Yankees’ pitcher Mike Mussina needed practically a perfect start to stay in the New York starting rotation.
His outing was far from it.
Mussina lasted three innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.
From the other pen, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander looked his best since throwing a no-hitter in June.
The young flamethrower threw seven innings of three-hit ball and had six strikeouts.
When it was all over, Detroit had piled on 16 runs on 20 hits, including a triple by Sean Casey (yes, a triple), his first of the season. Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson and Brandon Inge each had three hits.
The Yankees now head to Boston, practically needing a series sweep to put any pressure on the A.L. East leaders.
Yankees 0, Tigers 16: The somewhat reeling Tigers hadn’t won a series in a month, hadn’t beat the Yankees in a series at Comerica since 2001. A drubbing of Mussina put some fears to rest, especially combined with Verlander returning to early-season form. All that said, Detroit placed slugger Gary Sheffield on the DL before the game. Rumors of a trade for the Pirates’ Jack Wilson are swirling today.
Twins 3, Indians 8: Detroit’s big win meant very little in the A.L. Central standings paired with Cleveland’s pounding of Minnesota. The Twins’ Carlos Silva pitched a gem, giving up seven runs in 3 2/3. Cleveland remains 2.5 games up in the division.
Angels 6, Mariners 0: In the first game of a crucial series, the Angels cruised. John Lackey pitched a complete-game shutout while Garrett Anderson provided most of the offense with a solo shot and a two-run double.
Devil Rays 4, White Sox 5
Blue Jays 6, Athletics 2 (F/12)
Braves 13, Marlins 2
Mets 2, Phillies 9
Diamondbacks 1, Padres 3
Nationals 4, Dodgers 5
Rockies 1, Giants 4