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MLB: Detroit 5, New York Yankees 4

May 10, 2010 at 11:53 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, May 10 (UPI) -- Johnny Damon homered against his old New York Yankees teammates Monday and the Detroit Tigers hung on to win 5-4.

Damon, facing his former mates for the first time since leaving New York after last season as a free agent, connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

Brennan Boesch went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs batted in and Miguel Cabrera finished 2-for-3 for Detroit. Eddie Bonine (3-0) recorded the victory after tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Brad Thomas.

Thomas made an emergency start in place of Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched before the game with a high fever.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who rallied from a 5-2 deficit to get within a run in eighth inning thanks to RBIs from Marcus Thames and Brett Gardner.

But Jose Valverde collected his ninth save for the Tigers by pitching a perfect ninth.

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