Kenny Rogers goes to town againstYankees
Tigers 6, Yankees 0
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers didn’t waste this homecoming and Kenny Rogers made every pitch count.
In a ballpark normally locked up by October, the Tigers got 7 ⁄ shutout innings from Rogers and outplayed New York in a 6-0 victory, pushing Detroit within one win of shocking the Yankees into an early winter.
Rogers, 41, one of the few Detroit staffers who doesn’t fire 100 m.p.h. fastballs, used every pitch in his personal stash to blank a revamped Yankees’ lineup for his first career post-season win.
As if conjuring the spirit of former Tigers phenom Mark (The Bird) Fidrych, Rogers spent much of the evening talking to himself on the mound.
Rogers’s first win over the Yankees since 1993 came at the perfect time for the Tigers, who were playing their first post-season game in Comerica Park and the first playoff game in The Motor City since 1987 at Tiger Stadium.
Detroit scored three runs in the second inning off Randy Johnson and two more in the sixth.
Sean Casey had two RBIs and Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer.