But back to tonight's fiasco. Armed with a 2-1 lead in the 5th, Pettitte (3-3) surrendered a 2-run home run to former Yankee Marcus Thames to put the Tigers ahead for good. In his previous start, Pettitte had a 3-1 lead in the 5th when the Indians' Jhonny Peralta belted a 3-run HR off of him. Franklin Gutierrez later added a solo shot in the same inning. This time it took an inning before Placido Polanco hit the first of his two solo home runs in the 6th inning.
We spoke earlier about the problems Jeremy Bonderman has been having with his control and velocity since the second half of last year. Tonight's 1st inning was no different as Bonderman again had trouble throwing strikes. Bonderman immediately fell behind lead off man Johnny Damon, 3-0, before coming back to get the count full. Damon then sliced a ball over the 3rd Base bag for a double. Derek Jeter singled through the left side and Bobby Abreu walked on four pitches to loaded the bases.
The lack of a big hit hurt again though as Hideki Matsui flew to shallow left-center for the first out. Jason Giambi's deep drive to left scored Damon with the first run before Melky Cabrera had a big 2-out single to score Jeter just ahead of Thames' throw from left. But the slump of Robinson Cano continued as he flew out routinely to left.
Having escaped without too much damage done, Bonderman (2-2) was a different pitcher after that He only allowed 3 hits through his remaining 6.2 innings and didn't walk another batter until Damon drew a free pass in the 8th inning.
News and Notes
Placido Polanco's 2nd home run of the game came against Kyle Farnsworth, who has surrendered 4 home runs in just 13.1 innings.
Brian Cashman announced after the game that Darrell Rasner will get Phil Hughes' start against Seattle on Sunday.
Chad Moeller passed through waivers and rejoined the ball club. Chris Stewart was
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2B: Granderson (3, Ramirez).
HR: Thames (2, 5th inning off Pettitte, 1 on, 1 out), Polanco 2 (2, 6th inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Farnsworth, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Polanco 8; Sheffield 2; Ordonez; Cabrera; Guillen; Renteria; Thames 4; Granderson 2.
RBI: Renteria (17), Thames 2 (5), Polanco 2 (9), Guillen (12).
2-out RBI: Guillen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thames; Rodriguez; Guillen; Polanco.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Sheffield (3, 2nd base off Farnsworth/Molina).
PO: Guillen (1st base by Pettitte).
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2B: Damon (10, Bonderman).
TB: Damon 2; Jeter; Matsui; Cabrera 2.
RBI: Giambi (13), Cabrera (12).
2-out RBI: Cabrera.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano.
Team LOB: 4.
CS: Cano (2, 2nd base by Bonderman/Rodriguez).
Pickoffs: Pettitte (Guillen at 1st base).
HBP: Inge (by Ramirez).
Pitches-strikes: Bonderman 100-57, Rapada 16-9,
Pettitte 92-65, Hawkins 20-14, Farnsworth 27-21, Ramirez 18-14.
Ground outs-fly outs: Bonderman 11-10, Rapada 3-0,
Pettitte 13-1, Hawkins 2-0, Farnsworth 0-1, Ramirez 1-1.
Batters faced: Bonderman 29, Rapada 4, Pettitte 24,
Hawkins 4, Farnsworth 5, Ramirez 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rapada 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Scott Barry.
Weather: 53 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, L to R.