Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/11/13
By chance if Yankees pitchers this weekend have gotten by Austin Jackson — it hasn’t been easy — they have confronted a serial basher named Torii Hunter in the No. 2 spot in Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s lineup. And if they have snuck past Hunter which didn’t happen Saturday during a four-RBI day they then have had the distinct privilege and high honor of facing Miguel Cabrera. And hasn’t that been fun? You get the picture. The Tigers are no party these days. They proved again Saturday at Yankee Stadium how treacherous they can be on all sides of the baseball field in thrashing the Yankees 9-3. “Good day for us after a tough night” Leyland said after the Tigers shook off Friday night’s 10-inning defeat which came despite an Oscar-winning performance by Cabrera who had tied the game on a two-run two-out two-strike home run against Mariano Rivera — all of which didn’t keep the Yankees from winning. That game which put some new spin on the word “classic” appeared to have been tucked firmly in the Tigers’ archives Saturday as they hammered 17 hits and got busy doing what they had been doing so regularly ahead of Friday: winning. They had a 12-game string of triumphs smashed Friday but came back niftily against a helpful Yankees pitching staff in running their record to 69-46 matching their high-water mark of 23 games above .500. “We know how to bounce back we don’t dwell on it” said Hunter who had a long three-run homer into the right-center field seats in the sixth as part of his big day. Also getting on with life Saturday was Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez. He flummoxed the Yankees with his four-pitch array a witches’ brew that was all the more potent because of Sanchez’s intimate relationship with the strike zone. He allowed only four hits in seven innings with two of those hits coming in the fifth when Lyle Overbay’s two-run home run cut Detroit’s lead to 6-2. Sanchez finished with eight strikeouts and a walk as he pushed his record to 10-7.
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