The Yankees spanked the Tigers 12-3 on an unseasonably cold, and rainy night in the Bronx. (The weather was so bad that the Yankees gave the fans tickets to another game, later in the season.) Alex Rodriguez drilled a solo home run to right field. In the fourth, he smacked a two-run dinger in the same general direction to put the home team ahead 3-0. That made him 4-4 lifetime (all four hits being homers) against Wilfredo Ledezma. Rodriguez leads the league in home runs (16), runs scored (40) and RBI (46). He’s second in the AL in slugging (.642), and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.413). He’d make Ron Washington happy if he brought his bat out to the field with him to help him with those tricky hops (he botched another easy play last night, though he wasn’t charged win an error).
Mike Mussina was sharp, hitting his spots and changing speeds nicely. The immediate question was whether they were going to be able to get the game in. The Yanks scored ten runs in the fourth and fifth inning, the rain contiued to fall all night, and nine innings were played. Jorge Posada added two dingers of his own, and Gary Sheffield and Robinson Cano went deep too (It was the first of Cano’s Major League career).
There was some excitement by the time the game was in the bag, when Alex Rodriguez was plunked on the top of his leg in the top of the seventh inning. Rodriguez looked angry and was replaced by a pinch-runner. In turn, Paul Quantrill got two outs in the bottom of the inning and then threw one behind Jason Smith. Both sides were issued warnings and then Quantrill drilled Smith in the back. The Tigers were not happy with the location of the pitch. They stepped out of their dugout and angrily yelled at Quantrill, who walked off the mound and gestured for anyone to come forward. There was no fight, but the Tigers had some angry words for Quantrill afterwards. You know the routine.