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Yankees 2, Tigers 1
CC Sabathia settled down after a high early pitch count and earned his ninth win. (AP)
The Yanks made sure CC Sabathia's seven shutout innings didn't go to waste, as Alex Rodriguez homered in the seventh and Melky Cabrera added an RBI infield single for insurance. That proved key after Alfredo Aceves gave up a homer in the eighth, but Mariano Rivera shut the door in the ninth.
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Series at a glance:
DET
Detroit (48-41)
Lost 2
NY Yankees 2, Detroit 1   NYY
NY Yankees (53-37)
Won 2
July 18, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Detroit
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 6 0
NY Yankees
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X   2 7 0
Standings thru 7/18/09  |  Recap: DET | NYY  |  Gameday  |  Tigers stats  |  Yankees stats
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .254
Polanco, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .258
Cabrera, M, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .322
Thames, M, DH 4 1 2 1 0 1 3 .286
Ordonez, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .261
Raburn, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .260
Inge, 3B 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .262
Laird, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .242
Everett, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .254
Totals 31 1 6 1 3 7 16  

BATTING
2B: Polanco (21, Sabathia), Ordonez (11, Sabathia).
HR: Thames, M (10, 8th inning off Aceves, A, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Polanco 2; Cabrera, M; Laird; Thames, M 5; Ordonez 2.
RBI: Thames, M (23).
2-out RBI: Thames, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ordonez; Granderson 2; Inge 2.
GIDP: Thames, M, Laird.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, B, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8  

BATTING
2B: Damon (21, Verlander), Swisher (19, Verlander).
HR: Rodriguez, Al (18, 7th inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cano; Jeter 2; Damon 2; Rodriguez, Al 4; Swisher 2; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, Al (51), Cabrera, Me (35).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui; Teixeira; Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (4, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

FIELDING
PB: Posada (3).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verlander (L, 10-5) 7.0 7 2 2 1 6 1 3.34
Seay 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.79
 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 9-6) 7.0 5 0 0 3 4 0 3.66
Aceves, A (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 2.64
Rivera (S, 25) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.31

WP: Sabathia.
HBP: Inge (by Sabathia).
Pitches-strikes: Verlander 109-72, Seay 11-8, Sabathia 114-66, Aceves, A 14-10, Rivera 16-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verlander 4-5, Seay 0-1, Sabathia 7-5, Aceves, A 0-1, Rivera 1-0.
Batters faced: Verlander 28, Seay 3, Sabathia 28, Aceves, A 4, Rivera 3.
Umpires: HP: Bob Davidson. 1B: Jeff Nelson. 2B: Mark Carlson. 3B: Tim Tschida.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
T: 2:39.
Att: 46,423.
Venue: Yankee Stadium.
July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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