Tigers vs. Yankees: Victor Martinez Home Run Gets Hosts On Board

This was turning into a worrisome game for the Tigers. A great catch by Curtis Granderson robbed them of at least three runs in the first, and then they couldn't score against a more effective A.J. Burnett in the second or third. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter's two-run double off Rick Porcello in the third gave the Yankees the lead. Headed into the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers had to realize they were in a distressing position.

It's a little less distressing, now. Leading off, Victor Martinez got ahead 3-and-0 - in part thanks to wildness, and in part thanks to a very tight zone - and after he took one fastball down the middle, he swung at the next and blasted a no-doubter out to right for a solo home run. The Tigers are still behind, but the deficit's been chopped in half, and one never knows when Burnett might take a turn for the worse.

As a matter of fact, Burnett just allowed a double to Jhonny Peralta a few seconds ago! Joe Girardi had his bullpen working in the first, and I imagine we'll see action again shortly.

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