Nobody gave the Tigers fits this season like the Yankees. Detroit lost five of seven games to the Bronx Bombers and was outscored, 38-23. Jeremy Bonderman, who faced the Yankees twice, allowed eight of those 38 runs and went 0-2 against them. Randy Johnson, who faced Bonderman twice, fared much better. He went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and struck out 12 batters. Offensively, Magglio Ordonez batted .333 (8-for-24) with a home run and seven RBIs against New York. Alex Rodriguez was just as good for his club, collecting a homer, six RBIs and a .333 batting average (9-for-27) against Detroit.
May 29: Yankees 4, Tigers 0
Johnson and a pair of Yankees relievers held the Tigers to two hits over nine innings. The Big Unit no-hit the Tigers over 5 2/3, and he was afforded a 2-0 advantage after the third. The Yankees scored twice more in the fifth on RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. Robinson Cano had a game-high three hits for New York.
May 30: Yankees 11, Tigers 6
Mariano Rivera picked up the victory with three scoreless innings of relief, and Jason Giambi sparked a five-run 11th with a solo homer off Tigers closer Todd Jones. The Yankees put the Tigers in a five-run hole in the fifth, but the Tigers rallied to tie the game on Brandon Inge's RBI fielder's choice in the eighth. Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and fell a double short of the cycle.
May 31: Yankees 6, Tigers 1
Mike Mussina threw his first complete game of the season, as the Tigers mustered their only run in the ninth on Magglio Ordonez's RBI single. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Giambi finished 3-for-4 with two doubles. Tigers left-hander Nate Robertson nearly matched Mussina in innings with 8 2/3, but he gave up six runs on 10 hits over that span.
June 1: Tigers 7, Yankees 6
Detroit rallied for two runs in the ninth inning off former Tigers reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who handled the closer's role in place of Rivera. Ordonez tied the game at 6 with an RBI single, and Carlos Guillen lined a walk-off hit into right field to avoid a four-game sweep. Justin Verlander struggled over five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Chien-Ming Wang wasn't much better, though, giving up five runs in four innings.
Aug. 30: Yankees 2, Tigers 0
The Yankees shut out the Tigers for the second time in five games. Wang held the Tigers to just three hits over 7 2/3 innings in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Robertson, who pitched seven solid innings, allowed both New York runs in the fifth on Craig Wilson's solo homer and Giambi's sacrifice fly.
Aug. 30: Tigers 5, Yankees 3
In the nightcap, the Tigers picked up their only win at Yankee Stadium this season. Craig Monroe drove a two-out pitch from Yankees reliever Scott Proctor over the left-field wall in the ninth inning for a three-run homer that gave the Tigers the win. Wilfredo Ledezma started and allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, but Jason Grilli picked up the victory in relief. Jaret Wright started for the Yankees and allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Aug. 31: Yankees 6, Tigers 4
The Big Unit beat Bonderman for the second time this season, pitching eight innings and allowing four runs while striking out eight. Rodriguez, who went 3-for-4, blasted a solo homer off Tigers reliever Jamie Walker for the eventual game-winning run. For the Tigers, Bonderman allowed four runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Ordonez had a pair of hits as well.
Kevin Yanik is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.