NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees were stymied by the Detroit Tigers thanks largely to a rookie left-hander with a promising future and Saturday's replacement for Delmon Young, who faces an uncertain immediate future.
Tigers rookie Drew Smyly allowed just two hits in six innings in the 7-5 win, while Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer after starting in left field in place of Young, who was put on the restricted list Saturday.
Smyly won his first major-league game in what has been an impressive first month. Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs for Detroit, which scored six runs off Yankees starter Freddy Garcia in the first two innings and may have bumped him from the rotation.
"He was terrific," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Smyly. "He really had good stuff. He pitched well, and he's very talented."
Nick Swisher hit two homers -- one from each side of the plate -- and Curtis Granderson hit one for the Yankees while driving in two runs.
Garcia fell to 0-2 and raised his ERA to 12.51, coughing up six runs on five hits in just 1 2/3 innings.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Garcia's drop in velocity and crispness of his pitches made him wonder if the veteran righty was healthy. Girardi said he would consult trainer Steve Donohue and also did not guarantee Garcia would make his next start, saying he told the pitcher he would "sleep on it" before making a further evaluation. David Phelps, who pitched three scoreless innings in relief, could start in Garcia's place.
"His stuff's not what we're used to seeing," Girardi said of Garcia, adding the pitcher still had it in spring training. "We all know Freddy's better than he's shown."
Of Phelps, Girardi said, "Any time you have a long man, he's a candidate to be a starter."
The Yankees, who have lost three of four, were shut down most of the day before rallying in the ninth with three runs against Jose Valverde. Swisher hit his second homer, and Granderson knocked in a run with a two-out single before Raul Ibanez doubled in a run to make it 7-5. After a brief mound visit, Valverde got Eric Chavez on a long fly to right to end the game.
"Overall, great comeback," Swisher said. "Fifteen feet away from tying the game."
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Tigers, who announced before the game they had placed Young on the restricted list. The move followed Young's arrest Friday on a hate-crime harassment charge after he allegedly screamed anti-Semitic epithets during a fight, according to police.
As per the new collective bargaining agreement, Young will be evaluated by an independent doctor because the incident involved alcohol, and he could be cleared to play by Monday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
Garcia almost immediately gave the Yankees' offense little room for error, as the Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Garcia intentionally walked cleanup hitter Prince Fielder to put two on and two out for Dirks.
But Dirks made the Yankees pay, smacking a 0-2 pitch out to right for his first home run of the season.
"We had a nice combination going today," Leyland said. "We pitched well, we played well and we hit well. We got some big hits and we got some over the fence, which is kind of the way we play."
Swisher responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the first, but that was the last hit Smyly allowed until the seventh, when a single by Alex Rodriguez ended his day.
The Tigers jumped on Garcia again in the second, taking a 6-1 lead on an RBI double by Brennan Boesch and a two-run single by Cabrera.
Smyly's performance has been so impressive this season that the 22-year-old's ERA actually went up, from 1.13 to 1.23, after he struck out seven and walked just two.
Named the Tigers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season after going 11-7 with a 2.07 ERA for Class A Lakeland and Class AA Erie, Smyly made his major-league debut on April 12 this season. He has not allowed more than a run in any of his four starts, while striking out 22 in 22 innings.
Granderson homered off former Yankee Phil Coke in the seventh to make it 6-2 and Cabrera homered off Cody Eppley in the eighth to make it 7-2.
Hitting left-handed, Swisher secured the 18th multi-homer game of his career with a homer to left in the ninth. It was the 11th time he has homered from both sides of the plate.
NOTES: Pettitte was scheduled to throw 95 pitches for Class AA Trenton (N.J.) on Monday, but due to expected cold weather will pitch for Class A Tampa in Dunedin, Fla., on that day instead. ... LF Brett Gardner (right elbow strain) took 25 swings Saturday, his first since going on the DL. He said he thought he could return when he is eligible next week, against Kansas City. ... SS Derek Jeter drew his 1,000th career walk. ... INF Danny Worth was called up from Class AAA Toledo to replace Young.
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