Cabrera, Hunter help Tigers pound Yankees

Updated: August 10, 2013

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter each had three
hits and a homer, Anibal Sanchez fired seven strong innings and the Detroit
Tigers romped the New York Yankees, 9-3, to rebound from their first loss in
over two weeks.

New York ended the Tigers’ 12-game winning streak in Friday’s series opener,
but received another poor start out of Phil Hughes while managing little
production offensively to drop its sixth contest in eight games.

The Tigers, meanwhile, boasted a 17-hit performance at the plate. Austin
Jackson had a solo homer with three runs scored and Hunter broke the game open
in the sixth with three-run homer, ending with four RBI on the afternoon.

Sanchez (10-7) fanned eight while stifling the Yankee bats, with the only
blemish on his four-hit performance occurring on a two-run homer from Lyle
Overbay, who knocked in all three of New York’s runs.

Winless over his last six outings, Hughes (4-11) was yanked after permitting
four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He hasn’t won since July 2 and has
dropped 10 of his last 12 decisions overall.

Jackson laced a triple into center field three pitches into the game, then put
the Tigers ahead 1-0 when he scored on Hunter’s sacrifice fly.

Cabrera homered for the second straight day, with his 35th of the season
sailing over the left field wall in the third to give the Tigers a two-run

Alfonso Soriano and Curtis Granderson each struck out to end the fourth,
botching New York’s best scoring opportunity that saw the team put runners at
second and third with one out.

Jackson had his fifth extra base hit of the series in the fifth, with Hughes
serving up a out-out solo shot to the leadoff hitter and then exiting in a 3-0
hole after giving up a single to Hunter.

Preston Claiborne came on in relief and didn’t fair much better. He yielded a
single to Cabrera upon his entrance, then a two-out RBI double to Victor
Martinez. Don Kelly, who also had three hits for Detroit, then drove a single
to center to knock in Cabrera and Martinez and make it 6-0.

The Yankees got on the board in home portion of the fifth, as Overbay followed
a double from Eduardo Nunez with a deep fly ball into the right field seats,
but the deficit widened again the following inning.

Joba Chamberlain took over for Claiborne with one away in the sixth,
inheriting runners on first and second. Hunter cleared the bags on the third
pitch of the at-bat, hitting an opposite field homer to right to create a 9-2
spread in favor of Detroit.

Overbay had an RBI single in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given the day off. He went 0-for-4
with three strikeouts on Friday … Sanchez evened his lifetime record to
58-58 with the victory.