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 start for him early in the season. Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs for Detroit.
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.
After getting shut down for most of the day by Smyly and two relievers, the Yankees scored three times in the ninth 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.
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.
Freddy 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. The defeat was the Yankees' third in their last four games and again raised questions about a rotation that had been considered a strength entering the season.
Three days after the Yankees announced offseason acquisition Michael Pineda was out for the season, Garcia offered another reminder of how much the starters have struggled.
Garcia would almost certainly appear to be pitching his way out of the rotation when Andy Pettitte returns from retirement and arrives from his minor-league conditioning stint -- except for the fact that Phil Hughes has not fared much better.
But as a homegrown prospect and former 18-game winner, Hughes (1-3, 7.88 ERA) would likely have more margin for error than Garcia.
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.
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 the next inning, 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 the Yankees may postpone the outing due to cold weather, manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll wait to make that determination," Girardi said. ... 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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