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Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera just isn't human

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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


Final - 8.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 5 11 0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 X 6 13 0
WP: Rick Porcello (9 - 6)
SV: Jose Valverde (22)
LP: Phil Hughes (11 - 9)

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Remember those SportsCenter ads a few years back with Albert Pujols as "The Machine" having a conversation with the copier? Hard not to think of Miguel Cabrera in those terms, isn't it?

You know what he did in batting practice if you watched Fox Sports Detroit Plus this afternoon. You know what he did in Monday's game. Tonight he homered to left in the fourth inning for one run, then drove in two more with a double to left in the fifth.

He is not a machine, he's just Miguel.

Andy Dirks, meanwhile, is just The Neck, and maybe The Neck had the even better game. Dirks doubled in a run in the sixth (narrowly caught at third while trying to stretch a double into a triple) then came up with what turned out to be an important insurance run in the eighth when he drove in Delmon Young. For the game, The Neck went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run.

Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila also had two-hit nights.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said in his post game the team won the game in the fourth inning. What he meant by that was the number of pitches seen by Detroit batters. Rather than write about it, this image really tells the story:

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Detroit has now taken the first two games of the four game series, so expect Jeff Daniels to be insufferable to all the Yankees fans he is reportedly surrounded by. More power to him, I say.

That makes 10 consecutive wins at Comerica Park, if you're counting. That's a pretty good stat. Earlier this season, the Tigers were actually playing below .500 at home. Given how successful they are in Detroit, it seemed out of place. The home field advantage (powered by an eighth consecutive year of more than 2 million fans, the point the Tigers reached tonight) has been pretty solid during the last few years.

Rick Porcello pitched a pretty good game, allowing three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jose Valverde, on the other hand ... got the save. He allowed three hits and two runs and probably will not be available Wednesday after a frightening 33-pitch night.

I will close by quoting a comment on BYB's Facebook wall, mostly because it entertains me tonight and I'm in a strange mood.

"Jose Valverde couldn't close a door."

3 ROARS

Rick Porcello

Miguel Cabrera

Andy Dirks

3 HISSES

Jose Valverde

x 3

GAME 109 POG

Justin Verlander, as if there were any doubt