It was the 10th Anniversary of David Cone’s perfect game and he was throwing out the first pitch.  CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander knew what they needed to do.  They knew they each had to pitch at the top of their game.

Thus, for the first time in as long as I can remember, a game at the new Yankee Stadium finished with a 2-1 score.  Fortunately, the Yankees came out on top of this pitcher’s duel, riding a solo home run by Alex Rodriguez and a RBI single by Melky Cabrera to top the Detroit Tigers for the fourth straight game.

CC Sabathia earned his 9th win of the season, holding the AL Central leading Tigers to 5 hits, 3 walks and no runs scored.  He also had 4 strikeouts in the seven inning performance.  Justin Verlander (10-5) took the loss for Detroit, also going 7 innings but allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.

Yankee Captain Derek Jeter makes one of his trademark leaping throws to get Brandon Inge of the Tigers out in the ninth inning.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankee Captain Derek Jeter makes one of his trademark leaping throws to get Brandon Inge of the Tigers out in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Verlander had actually given the Tigers their only win of the year against the Yanks back on April 27th, pitching 7 shutout innings with nine strikeouts.  The game was also against Sabathia and that time the Yankees’ ace ended up on the losing side of a 4-2 game in Detroit.

Alex Rodrgiuez has been a huge part of the Yankees offense in July.  After hitting .260 and .207 in May and June respectively, Rodriguez is .311 with a .667 slugging percentage.

Derek Jeter made a huge play in the top of the ninth, making one of his trademark leaping throws from the hole at short.  The throw hit first baseman Mark Teixeira right in the glove and beat somewhat-fast Brandon Inge to the bag for the second out.  It was a gorgeous play and was trademark Jeter.

“That was an incredible play,” Teixeira said. “He made such a strong throw. It was perfect.”

The Yankees are now 15-5 in their last 20 games, and have taken 4 of 5 from the Tigers this season.  With Toronto beating Boston 6-2 on Saturday, the Yankees pick up a game and sit only 2 back in the AL East.

Detroit’s lead in the AL Central has fallen from 3.5 games to 1.5 games with their two losses to the Yankees this weekend and two straight wins from the Chicago White Sox.