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Published: Wednesday, 4/29/2009

Yankees score 10 in 7th to beat Tigers

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT - Phil Hughes went six innings in his first start and left fielder Josh Anderson's error led to a 10-run seventh inning as the New York Yankees ended a four-game losing streak with an 11-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night.

Hughes (1-0), who was called up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Edwin Jackson dueled through six innings. Hughes, who replaced the injured Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation, allowed two hits, while Jackson gave up four.

Nick Swisher led off the seventh against Ryan Perry (0-1) with a single and Melky Cabrera walked. After a sacrifice, pinch-hitter Jorge Posada lifted what looked like a routine fly ball to left.

Anderson held back on the ball, positioning himself for a throw, but he misjudged the trajectory and tried to make a hurried, low catch. He missed the ball for a two-base, two-run error.

Derek Jeter then walked and Johnny Damon blooped an RBI single to center off Nate Robertson.

Mark Teixeira popped out, but Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano made it 5-0 with RBI singles.

Swisher walked to load the bases, and Cabrera walked for the second time in the inning to force in the sixth run.

Jose Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch.

The Tigers needed 56 pitches to get three outs in the inning, and threw exactly 200 in the game.

Swisher led off the ninth with a long homer to right-center.

The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Anderson grounded out.

Matsui tripled with two outs in the sixth, his long fly to right-center bouncing off Curtis Granderson's glove as he and Magglio Ordonez reached for the ball. Jackson struck out Cano with his 117th and final pitch.

NOTES: Cano battled Jackson for 12 pitches before reaching on a bad-hop infield single in the fourth, and went 10 pitches before striking out in the sixth. ... Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez slid and hit off two rehabbing pitchers during a simulated game in Tampa. He is expected to join the team on May 15. Manager Joe Girardi says he wants to make sure Rodriguez can play every day when he returns. ... Wang, who has weakness in the abductor muscles in his hips, threw 50 pitches in Tampa and Girardi said he felt good.



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