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Detroit honors Ordonez, drop series to Yankees


Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373

DETROIT (1660 THE FAN) – Before the series finale Sunday afternoon, the Tigers honored Magglio Ordonez in a pre game celebration. Magglio retired after 15 major league seasons, recently suffering from nagging ankle injuries. Always a man of few words, Ordonez was quick to get off the field and get on with the game. Derek Jeter was quick to get the Yankees on the scoreboard, blasting the first pitch of the game over the right field fence helping New York to a 5-1 win.

Justin Verlander suffered his third consecutive loss, dropping his record to 5-4. Verlander gave up nine hits including a pair of homeruns while striking out four in 6.1 innings of work. After giving up the homerun to Jeter, he surrendered back to back walks in the first inning alone.

Alex Rodriguez added a solo homerun in the third inning, extending the lead on his ninth long ball of the season. New York’s final two runs came in the fifth when Robinson Cano smacked his first triple of the season, scoring Curtis Granderson. A throwing error to third from Danny Worth awarded Cano home plate.

Detroit’s bats couldn’t do much against Yankee starter Phil Hughes, who has had his troubles against the Tigers in the past. Prince Fielder provided the lone run with a solo shot in the fourth frame. As a team, Detroit only managed four hits on Hughes who pitched a complete game.

Nursing injuries up and down their lineup, Detroit placed Andy Dirks on the 15-day disabled list. He joins Doug Fister who is expected back in late June. Starting catcher Alex Avila is being evaluated for an injury sustained earlier in the series, and is hopeful to play on Tuesday.  Austin Jackson took batting practice today, but is still working on an abdominal strain.

Monday is an off day for the Tigers. They welcome Cleveland to Comerica Park for a three game set starting on Tuesday.