Game 31: Yankees @ Tigers

Post-Mortem: In a game that could have been a referendum on the Yankees off-season, the Tigers come out a narrow winner. yankee castoffs Austin Jackson and of course, Johnny Damon, drive in key runs. Yankee pick up Randy Winn fails in the clutch. And tomorrow -- wait for it -- the return of Javier Vazquez! Back soon with more.

10:26: And that's a wrap. A-Rod swings through a FB, time of game, 3:16, final 5-4 Tigers.

10:24: Tex looks at a fastball on the corner. Two out. and guess who's up?

10:22: Swisher Ks on a curve, one out

10:18: Detroit closer Jose Valverde -- who has allowed just one ER all year -- in to face Swisher, Teixeira, A-Rod in the ninth

10:17: Joba Ks the side, Everett swinging through 95 MPH heater

10:15: Joba gets Laird looking at a curve. Two out

10:13: Joba Ks Sizemore with 97 mph FB, one out

10:09: Joba in to try to preserve one-run deficit for the ninth

10:08: Ordonez makes sliding catch in right to snag slicing Jeter liner to end the eighth. Yankees still a run shy, 5-4.

10:02: Coke gets Winn to pop to infield; Leyland goes out to collect Coke before Jeter comes up; RHP Ryan Perry coming in

10:00: Gardner forces out at 2B, run scores, 5-4, first and third, still only one out, Winn at plate

9:56: Cervelli running for Posada; Thames bouncer to short goes for infield hit, run scores, 5-3, still bases loaded, and the only one out is Zumaya. Phil Coke -- that's right! -- is on his way in to face Gardner.

9:54: Zumaya walks Posada on 4, bases loaded, nobody out for Thames

9:52: Zumaya's 99 MPH heater comes uncomfortably close to the bill of Cano's helmet. He singles on the next pitch. First and second, none out with Posada up.

9:49: A-Rod singles off the glove of a diving Everett at short to lead off the eighth

9:47: Leyland sends Zumaya out for the eighth, his first three-inning stint of the year

9:43: The DP was big but Boesch's triple into the RC gap is bigger, drives in Cabrera, who drew a two-out walk, to extend the Tigers lead to 5-2 in the seventh

9:40: Logan gets Ordonez to rap into DP

9:37: Logan walks leadoff batter Damon

9:36: Boone Logan replaces Robertson to start the home seventh

9:33: Teixeira pops out to end another overpowering inning: 101, 101, 102

9:32: Zumaya strikes out Swisher on a curveball that clocked in at -- get this --83! Now that's not fair.

9:31: Zumaya's fastest pitch of the night -- 102 -- comes perilously close to Swisher's left leg.

9:30: Jeter, first-pitch swinging, grounds out, 99 MPH

9:29: Nine of Zumaya's 10 pitches in the sixth clocked in at 100 or better. Let's see what he's got left for the seventh

9:27: Robertson comes up with a clutch inning-ending K for the second straight inning, freezes Austin Jackson -- now 0-for-4 with 2 Ks -- with a fastball to end the sixth

9:16: Winn flies out to left to end the inning. In case you were wondering, 101 MPH.

9:15: Zumaya pulled the string on 3-1 pitch to Gardner -- 98 MPH -- but missed to load the bases.

9:14: From the press box, a 100 MPH fastball doesn't look any different than a 95 MPH fastball.

9:13: According to the scoreboard, Zumaya hasn't thrown anything slower than 100 MPH.

9:12: Zumaya's fourth pitch: pop out to second base. 100 MPH

9:12: Zumaya's third pitch: 101 MPH

9:11: Zumaya's second pitch: 100 MPH

9:10: Zumaya's first pitch: 100 MPH

9:08: Leyland goes to Joel Zumaya to pitch to Thames

9:07: Posada walks, Thames batting with first and third

9:06: A-Rod walks to lead off the sixth, advances to third on a ground out and wild pitch. One out, Posada at bat

9:02: I had plenty of room -- not to mention peace and quiet -- in the Comerica press box before 1050's Seth Everett plopped down in the chair next to me. We'll be on together tomorrow from 10:10-10:45. He's forcing me to.

9:00: Robertson Ks Inge to escape catastrophe.

8:58: Robertson wild pitches Cabrera to third.

8:55: Robertson goes 3-0 on Boesch, then Yankees opt to intentionally walk him; first and second, two out, Inge batting in the fifth

8:54: Gardner apparently loses Cabrera's fly in the lights, it drops in front of him for a two-out double

8:53: A-Rod didn;t really plant before throwing across the diamond to Teixeira on Ordonez' grounder. Result another bounced throw, this time tex scoops it cleanly

8:46: Mitre has handled Jackson so far -- 0-for-3 with a strikeout -- but Damon just jacked a fastball over the rightfield fence to extend the Detroit lead to 4-2. And that's it for Sergio; David Robertson coming in to face Ordonez

8:41: Tex check-swings into inning-ending 1-6-3 DP

8:39: Swisher singles to left and Yankees have first and second, one out for red-hot Teixeira

8:37: Bonine makes Jeter look bad striking him out with a curveball. Captain is now officially slumping; average down to .290

8:35: Jeter faking a bunt?! after Winn's single to lead off the fifth

8:31: Everett's fly out to end the fourth is only second fly ball out off Mitre all game. Clearly, the sinker is sinking

8:29: Mitre walks Laird; first Tiger baserunner since the second inning

8:25 Mitre strikes out Inge to start the fourth, has now retired seven in a row

8:21: Bonine pitches a 1-2-3 fourth

8:17:Thomas is out after three innings, two runs and 68 pitches; RHP Eddie Bonine in to pitch the fourth

8:14: Mitre pitches a 1-2-3 third

8:06: Four home runs in last 9 ABs, to be precise

8:05: A-Rod singles, then gets himself picked off first with Cano batting.

8:03: Correction, please. Teixeira has four homers in the past 17 innings -- his barrage began in the fifth inning Saturday.

8:00: Teixeira gets two back for the Yankees with a home run over the left field fence, 3-2 Tigers. That's four homers for Tex in past 21 innings. Of course, one was off an outfielder

7:51: Mitre in trouble again after a leadoff walk, a single and a sac bunt gives Tigers second and third with one out. Then Jackson's ground out drive in third run of game. 3-0 Tigers after two.

7:43: Winn fouls out and the Yankees get nothing. Thomas has needed 42 pitches to get through the first two innings

7:39: Thames pops out, Gardner grounds into forceout, Winn the yankees last chance to salvage great scoring chance, first and third, two out

7:34: Cano draws a leadoff walk in the second, advances to second on Posada's single to right. First and second, none out for Thames

7:28: Tigers get two runs on a single by Brennan Boesch that drives in Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera, both of whom singled. 2-0 Tigers after one

7:24: Mitre, who must by now be Brian Cashan's favorite pitcher, catches Damon looking at a sinker

7:22: Sergio Mitre catches Austin Jackson looking at a fastball, one out in the first

7:18: Emergency starter Brad Thomas, who has been pitching in Korea since 2005 and was thrust into duty tonight when Dontrelle Willis was scratched with the flu, retires the Yankees in the first allowing just a one-put walk to Swisher

Live from the pre-game clubhouse: As scheduled, Andy Pettitte played catch before the game, and manager Joe Girardi proclaimed the left-hander, who was scratched form his last start with soreness in the area near his left elbow, on course to make his next start Saturday against the Twins. Pettitte is slated to long toss on Tuesday and throw a bullpen Wednesday . . . Alfredo Aceves, sidleined since Saturday with lower back soreness, said he was improved -- with the help of two nights of sleeping on the floor of his hotel room in Boston. Since arriving in Detroit, however, he has moved back to a more conventional sleeping arrangement. "The beds are better here,'' he said. . . Chan Ho Park, on the DL since april 16 with a strain of the right hamstring, threw 45 pitches off a mound in Tampa Monday and will pitch in an extended spring training game on Saturday. His return is still unknown . . . RHP Ivan Logan was added to the roster from AAA and was expected to arrive by game time after an all-night bus trip from Durham that arrived in Scranton at 5 a.m. before catching a flight to Detroit. Girardi said he would have just one thing to say to the 23-year-old , who was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts at Scranton-Wilkes Barre: "Get your uni on, buddy, and get out there.'' Girardi planned to use Nova in relief of starter Sergio Mitre, who was on a short 65-75 pitch leash. "I would love to get five innings out of him,'' Girardi said. . . Javier Vazquez, who hasn't pitched since getting bombed for five runs in three innings on Ma 1 at Yankee Stadium, proclaimed himself ready to go after one of the longest layoffs of his career, which included three "higher intensity'' bullpen sessions. "I don't know how many days it's been since I pitched,'' Vazquez said, "but it feels like a month, man.'' Vazquez said he threw more than 60 pitches in each of the sessions -- he normally throws around 40 -- and tried to throw at game-like intensity. "It was tough to tell because we had no radar gun,'' he said. "But I felt good.'' Vazquez gets the Tuesday night start against RHP Rick Porcello . . . Mariano Rivera also hasn't pitched in 10 days but says he is fully recovered from the tightness he felt in his left side while saving the Yankees 6-4 win over the White Sox at the Stadium . . . The Tigers were planning a pre-game tribute to Ernie Harwell, their long-time broadcaster who died May 4 at the age of 92. Said Girardi: "I really think it's a privilege that we're here for this. I want all my players to be in the dugout for it.''