New York Yankees
Boone Logan balked with two out in the sixth, allowing Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera to move to second and third, respectively.
Logan took full responsibility for the balk afterward, saying he was thrown off when Derek Jeter and others hollered at him in the middle of his windup.
Jeter was trying to get Logan's attention because Cabrera had taken a sizeable lead off of second.
"Cabrera was like halfway to third and they yelled at me and kind of threw me off," Logan said.
Logan didn't react to the yell until his front foot hit the ground, causing a balk.
But the lefty had no problem with Jeter and others trying to let him know Cabrera had taken a big lead off of second.
"That’s what they’re supposed to do," he said.
NINTH INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT: Curtis Granderson hit a pop fly in foul territory with two out in the ninth. With Detroit catcher Alex Avila seemingly under it, it appeared that Granderson had made the game-ending out.
But Avila slipped on the surface of the on-deck circle and was unable to make the catch. Granderson worked a walk, which brought up Robinson Cano with two on and the Yanks down 5-3. Many in the Yankee dugout felt that they were on the verge of a game-winning rally with Cano, who had six RBI in Game 1, at the plate.
Said Mark Teixeira: "I thought, 'Wow this might be our inning. We might have a break there."
Added Derek Jeter: "You think that something’s going to happen good for us but Valverde is hard enough to score a run off of, let alone four."
Cano ended up grounding out to second to end the game. The Tigers and Yankees are tied, 1-1, going into Game 3 Monday in Detroit.
FREDDY DID ENOUGH: Just as he has for most of the season, Freddy Garcia pitched well enough to keep the Yankees in the ball game on Sunday. He allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six.
The veteran righty got into trouble in the sixth after Derek Jeter's throwing error allowed Austin Jackson to reach with none out.
Magglio Ordonez singled, putting Tigers at first and third.
Slugger Miguel Cabrera, who earlier in the game homered off of Garcia, hit a single to center to score Jackson. Victor Martinez followed with a single of his own up the middle to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Garcia said he made good pitches to both Cabrera and Martinez.
"They find a way to get a base hit. They don’t really hit the ball good, but a base hit is a base hit," he said.