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Prince Fielder powers Tigers past Yankees

Apr 5, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera Getty Images

Prince Fielder saw to it that the Tigers didn’t need a closer today.

Fielder hit a three-run homer off Boone Logan in the fifth to give the Tigers the lead and added a two-run blast for insurance in the seventh Friday as the Tigers beat the Yankees 8-3.

Fielder’s first homer came immediately after Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the call to pull starter Ivan Nova. With the Yankees up 3-2, Nova was one out away from being eligible for the win at the time. He had allowed the first two runners in the fifth to reach base, only to induce a double-play ball from Torii Hunter afterwards. However, he then hit Miguel Cabrera on the hand with a pitch, causing Girardi to make the change.

Logan had limited Fielder to one single in five at-bats lifetime before Fielder got a hold of a fastball today and lined it just over the wall in right.

Since the lead proved comfortable, the Tigers allowed Drew Smyly to pitch the final four innings for his first career save. Then again, given the way he was throwing, Smyly probably would have been the best choice in a 4-3 game, too. The left-hander retired all 12 batters he faced, striking out five of them.

Starter Doug Fister got the win after allowing three runs in five innings. Shaky with his command, as he often was in spring training, he walked two and hit a pair of batters. One of those batters, Eduardo Nunez, left the game with a badly bruised forearm.

The Yankees dropped to 1-3 with the loss, while the Tigers improved to 2-2. Kevin Youkilis homered for the Bombers.

  1. El Bravo - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Porcello, watch yo back!

    – Drew Smyly

  2. unclemosesgreen - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM


    Doug Fister’s side sessions with JV haven’t really helped his HBPiD apparently. He was high and to the right.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      I regret that I can only give you one thumb.

      • dondada10 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        There’s gotta be a way. This one guy gave Gator like 7 thumbs down the other day.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Oh, I’ll hit it again from my home computer too. lol

      • revansrevenant - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Clear your history and cookies. Might work.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        I see there are some crafty fellows on this site. Excellent.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        You took the Valverde signing sorta hard … thought you could use a chuckle.

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        ‘philiac don’t worry. I think someone gave him a finger.

  3. dondada10 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    It’s not easy for a right handed hitter to get hit in the right bicep. It takes an Eduardo Nunez level of ineptitude to not be able to get out of the way. Doom…

    • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      This is terrible, but the slo-mo of that was hilarious. Nunez’ face is priceless.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Every struggling team wants to play the Yankees this month. A win over the Yankees this month should be discounted a bit.

    • UgglasForearms - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Unless you win your division or a wildcard spot by one game huh?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      just like everyone will want to play the jays, except it won’t be for one month it will be for the WHOLE SEASON!!

  5. pisano - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    A long season ahead for the Yankees. They appear to have one solid pitcher and he pitched yesterday.

    • sandwiches4ever - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Let’s not get carried away on CC and Kuroda just yet.

  6. sandwiches4ever - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Maybe I should thank my employer for blocking so I couldn’t watch/listen to this nonsense.

    Seriously, it’s one of a small handful non-porn domains they block on the network. I assume too much bandwidth got chewed up (Pandora,, and Spotify are among the others).

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      It’s all those delicious video highlights on – lots of bandwidth

      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        But not a one of them is of a HBPiD. 😦

  7. philliesblow - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Prince also contributed a nice defensive play against Ichiro. Good day at the office for him.

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