Tigers Trounce Yanks, 8-5

Detroit takes the first of a crucial four-game series in the Bronx
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 17, 2007 3:35 AM CDT
Tigers Trounce Yanks, 8-5
Detroit Tigers' Gary Sheffield, left, greets Detroit Tigers' Carlos Guillen after he hit a grand slam during the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the New York Yankees Thursday, August 16, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)   (Associated Press)

Carlos Guillen's first-inning grand slam off Yankee hurler Mike Mussina set the pace for Detroit's 8-5 triumph in the Bronx last night. New York, unable to muster much offense outside of a Bobby Abreu homer in the third, continued its bullpen woes: reliever Ron Villon's meltdown in the seventh all but shattered the Bombers' shot at a comeback.

The game was the first in a four-game series that is crucial for both squads: while Detroit  hangs on to a half-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central, the Yanks hope to keep the AL East-leading Red Sox within reach, having already fallen 5 1/2 back with last night's damage.  Meanwhile, New York's Jason Giambi was 1-for-5 in his return from the disabled list. (More Carlos Guillen stories.)

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