It was a testy affair Wednesday night in the Bronx as the Yankees beat the Tigers, 9-5, in a game marked by several inside pitches and warnings issued to both benches. It started when Jeremy Bonderman hit Brett Gardner on the leg with his first pitch of the game. The YES Network crew, as is often the case, was clueless as to what was going on. Former players John Flaherty and Paul O'Neill were behind the mic with Michael Kay and they all should have remembered that it was payback for Gardner's crunching slide that KO'd Carlos Guillen at second Monday night to try to break up Derek Jeter's game-ending double play.
In any event, the Yankees hit Miguel Cabrera in the eighth, the Tigers threw behind Derek Jeter and came inside to Robinson Cano in the bottom of the eighth. And there were no ejections other than Jim Leyland? Bizarre.
MLB.com has a great rundown here, including comments from both sides and lots of video.
The Mets, meanwhile, pulled out a 3-2, 14-inning win at Houston on Ike Davis' sacrifice fly in the top of the 14th.. The Francisco Rodriguez affair hurt, however, as R.A. Dickey stayed on in the ninth and gave up Geoff Blum's game-tying home run. In spite of that, however, it was still another great 8 1/3 innings from the knuckleballer.
The Mets are going to activate catcher Rod Barajas today and will send back a player to the Bisons, expected to be either Mike Hessman or Fernando Martinez. The Bisons could certainly use Hessman's bat for the final two weeks of the season.
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