The Yankees completed a 3-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers Sunday at the stadium, creating a second-consecutive 2-1 victory in their first series after the all-star break. Joba Chamberlain threw a 3-hitter with 8 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
The Yankee offense generated very little for most of the series, but it made no difference as CC Sabathia and Chamberlain threw two-straight gems from the mound. The Bronx Bombers scored both of their runs off of solo home runs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira in the fourth and sixth innings.
Both players had two homers in this series, Tex on Friday and Sunday and A-Rod on Saturday and Sunday. They were also 2-4 from the plate and had Derek Jeter (0-4) or Johnny Damon (0-3, BB) managed to get on base more, the score would have been higher. Melky Cabrera, hitting in the ninth spot, was also 0-3 on the afternoon.
Rodriguez now has 572 career home runs, one shy of Harmon Kilbrew.
Phil Coke finished the seventh inning for Chamberlain and Phil Hughes came on to strikeout 2 in the eighth and hand the save opportunity to Mariano Rivera. Mo retired the side 1-2-3 in the ninth, preserving the 508th save of his career and 26th this season.
The game started at 2pm due to the Old Timer’s Game before it, which saw Yankee legends and veterans come together for a classic tradition.