DETROIT -- Timing hasn't been a staple of the 2012 Tigers. Then again, neither has consistency.
After the incredible high Magglio Ordonez's retirement ceremony provided the sellout Comerica Park crowd (42,419 in attendance), Derek Jeter did his best to take the crowd out of the game.
About 10 minutes after the field was cleared of all things Magglio, the Jeter planted a Justin Verlander fastball 357 feet away into the right-field stands to get things started. Two walks, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly later, the Tigers trailed the Yankees 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had spoken before the game about the importance of early runs. Jeter delivered for the manager in sublime fashion.
"(The leadoff home run) gave us the lead, and talking about Verlander, a lot of times if you don't get him early, you don't get him at all," Girardi said. "That's the bottom line."
As it turned out, Verlander never got things going. He was erratic at best from...