June 3, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) hits an RBI broken bat single during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers Vs. Yankees: Detroit Dropped By New York In Series Finale, 5-1

The Tigers couldn't win their series with New York in Sunday's pivotal game, and fell 5-1 on a day where ace Justin Verlander was knocked around for nine hits.

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Tigers Vs. Yankees Final Score: Verlander, Detroit Beaten In Series Finale, 5-1

Even on a day when their ace was on the mound and a former Detroit great was honored with a retirement ceremony before the game, the Tigers still couldn't find a way to get the better of the New York Yankees in a 5-1 series-ending loss on Sunday.

Detroit starter Justin Verlander was stunned immediately on the very first pitch he threw as Yankees lead-off hitter Derek Jeter pounded the ball to right field for a solo home run, as the visitors quickly set the tone against the Tigers' ace. Verlander gave up nine hits over 6.1 innings and tied a season-high with five runs allowed before exiting in the seventh after 114 pitches.

Aside from a Prince Fielder moon shot to right field in the fourth inning that finally put Detroit on the scoreboard, it was a largely quiet day for Tiger bats against New York hurler Phil Hughes. In addition to only giving up four hits over the full nine innings for his second career complete game, Hughes fanned eight Detroit hitters en route to his fifth victory of the season.

Now sitting at 25-29 and visibly struggling to crawl their way back to a .500 record, the Tigers will receive a much-needed rest day on Monday before welcoming the AL Central rival Cleveland Indians to town for a three-game series that opens Tuesday.

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Tigers Vs. Yankees Final Score: Detroit Slides Past New York After Wild 9th Inning, 4-3

After a series of crazy events trying to lock down a win, the Detroit Tigers pulled off an exciting 4-3 ninth inning walk-off victory in Saturday's showcase game with the New York Yankees.

The two teams waited through a 39-minute rain delay before the first pitch was thrown at Comerica Park, but neither starting pitcher appeared to be affected as New York's Hiroki Kuroda and Detroit's Rick Porcello each turned in quality starts. Porcello yielded just one run through six innings, lowering his season ERA to 4.86. Offensively, the Tigers were paced by a pair of straightaway center field home runs from the bat of All-Star Miguel Cabrera, who sent the ball roughly 900 feet combined with the two gravity-defying blasts.

With a one-run lead late, Tigers closer Jose Valverde struggled mightily to find the strike zone immediately after entering the game in a save situation in the ninth. The one-time sure thing at the end of games proceeded to walk the game-tying run with two outs for his third blown save of the season. Due to his team's offensive prowess soon thereafter however, Valverde ended up lucking his way into his third victory of the year.

A game-winning sacrifice fly from the bat of backup catcher Omir Santos scored Brennan Boesch in the bottom half of the ninth to give Detroit a thrilling 4-3 win in walk-off fashion, and moved the Tigers to just three games below .500 on the season. Santos dropped what could have been an inning-ending pop up with the Yankees at bat in the ninth, but responded with his second career game-winning RBI.

Looking to take the three-game series on Sunday, Detroit will hope that ace Justin Verlander is on top of his game as usual in the series finale against New York's Phil Hughes.

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Tigers Vs. Yankees Final Score: Detroit Thumped By New York At Home, 9-4

The Detroit Tigers fell to four games below .500 on Friday, as the New York Yankees took game one of the weekend series with a 9-4 victory at Comerica Park.

After opening the game with a Danny Worth RBI single, Detroit was put in an immediate hole after rookie starter Casey Crosby served up a grand slam to former Tiger Curtis Granderson in the second inning. Down 5-1, the Tigers were unable to mount a serious comeback until the later innings.

Aside from giving up six earned runs and four walks over 3.1 innings pitched, Crosby flashed enough potential to warrant Jim Leyland's bold decision to slot him against a stacked Yankees lineup in the first place. Crosby did manage to fan three New York hitters in his brief stint on the mound, and ultimately settled in after giving up the blast to Granderson.

On the positive side, Detroit outfielder Quintin Berry ended the game a home run short of the cycle, finishing with a 3-for-5 performance that pulled his average up to .364. Berry remains one of the most impressive spark plugs atop the order that Detroit fans have seen in a very long time, and will be hard pressed to keep out of the lineup even after injured outfielder Austin Jackson returns.

Now just 11-13 at home this season and desperate for a win, the Tigers will send ace Justin Verlander to the mound for Saturday's 1:05 pm ET first pitch in game two.

For more on the Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. For more Yankees coverage, check out Pinstripe Alley. For full MLB coverage and analysis, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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