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Season series: Yankees vs. Tigers

Season series: Yankees vs. Tigers

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Nobody gave the Tigers fits this season like the Yankees. Detroit lost five of seven games to the Bronx Bombers and was outscored, 38-23. Jeremy Bonderman, who faced the Yankees twice, allowed eight of those 38 runs and went 0-2 against them. Randy Johnson, who faced Bonderman twice, fared much better. He went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and struck out 12 batters. Offensively, Magglio Ordonez batted .333 (8-for-24) with a home run and seven RBIs against New York. Alex Rodriguez was just as good for his club, collecting a homer, six RBIs and a .333 batting average (9-for-27) against Detroit.

May 29: Yankees 4, Tigers 0
Comerica Park

Johnson and a pair of Yankees relievers held the Tigers to two hits over nine innings. The Big Unit no-hit the Tigers over 5 2/3, and he was afforded a 2-0 advantage after the third. The Yankees scored twice more in the fifth on RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. Robinson Cano had a game-high three hits for New York.

May 30: Yankees 11, Tigers 6
Comerica Park

Mariano Rivera picked up the victory with three scoreless innings of relief, and Jason Giambi sparked a five-run 11th with a solo homer off Tigers closer Todd Jones. The Yankees put the Tigers in a five-run hole in the fifth, but the Tigers rallied to tie the game on Brandon Inge's RBI fielder's choice in the eighth. Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and fell a double short of the cycle.

May 31: Yankees 6, Tigers 1
Comerica Park

Mike Mussina threw his first complete game of the season, as the Tigers mustered their only run in the ninth on Magglio Ordonez's RBI single. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Giambi finished 3-for-4 with two doubles. Tigers left-hander Nate Robertson nearly matched Mussina in innings with 8 2/3, but he gave up six runs on 10 hits over that span.

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June 1: Tigers 7, Yankees 6
Comerica Park

Detroit rallied for two runs in the ninth inning off former Tigers reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who handled the closer's role in place of Rivera. Ordonez tied the game at 6 with an RBI single, and Carlos Guillen lined a walk-off hit into right field to avoid a four-game sweep. Justin Verlander struggled over five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Chien-Ming Wang wasn't much better, though, giving up five runs in four innings.

Aug. 30: Yankees 2, Tigers 0
Yankee Stadium

The Yankees shut out the Tigers for the second time in five games. Wang held the Tigers to just three hits over 7 2/3 innings in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Robertson, who pitched seven solid innings, allowed both New York runs in the fifth on Craig Wilson's solo homer and Giambi's sacrifice fly.

Aug. 30: Tigers 5, Yankees 3
Yankee Stadium

In the nightcap, the Tigers picked up their only win at Yankee Stadium this season. Craig Monroe drove a two-out pitch from Yankees reliever Scott Proctor over the left-field wall in the ninth inning for a three-run homer that gave the Tigers the win. Wilfredo Ledezma started and allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, but Jason Grilli picked up the victory in relief. Jaret Wright started for the Yankees and allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Aug. 31: Yankees 6, Tigers 4
Yankee Stadium

The Big Unit beat Bonderman for the second time this season, pitching eight innings and allowing four runs while striking out eight. Rodriguez, who went 3-for-4, blasted a solo homer off Tigers reliever Jamie Walker for the eventual game-winning run. For the Tigers, Bonderman allowed four runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Ordonez had a pair of hits as well.

Kevin Yanik is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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