Tigers 11, Yankees 4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Tim Hyers scored the go-ahead run on Jim Leyritz’s passed ball in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the New York Yankees 11-4 Thursday night.
Detroit scored seven runs in the final two innings. After Leyritz’s passed ball, Chris Gomez hit a sacrifice fly and shortstop Robert Eeenhorn misplayed Chad Curtis popup, allowing two runs to score.
Mark Parent added a two-run single in a three-run ninth.
Mariano Rivera started for the Yankees after Kenny Rogers was scratched because of a sore shoulder. Rivers allowed four runs and and six hits in four innings, giving up a two-run single to Cecil Fielder in the first.
Tony Fernandez and Mariano Duncan had RBI doubles for the Yankees.
Felipe Lira was the winner, and Rafael Quirico was the loser.
Notes: Outfielder Tim Raines (strained pectoral) and catcher Joe Girardi (sore neck) did not play for New York. ... The Yankees assigned pitchers Brian Boehringer and Kent Wallace to their minor league complex. ... New York reacquired pitcher Tim Rumer, who had been selected by Texas Rangers in December’s major league draft. .... The Tigers optioned left-handers Justin Thompson and Brian Maxcy to Triple-A Toledo. Pitchers Ben Blomdahl, A.J. Sager and Rick Trlicek; catcher Eric Wedge; infielder Kevin Baez; and outfielder Brian Kowitz were reassigned to the minor league complex. Pitcher Jon Ratliff was designated for assignment.