03/10/10 4:15 PM ET
Teixeira a bright spot in Yanks' win
First baseman hits first spring homer; Chamberlain struggles
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
at Lakeland, Fla.
Wednesday, March 10
Yankees at the plate: Former Tigers All-Star Curtis Granderson returned to his old Spring Training home and had two singles and a walk. His RBI single in the second inning scored Jorge Vasquez, who doubled in Brett Gardner a couple of batters earlier. Mark Teixeira greeted ex-teammate Phil Coke with a home run to left, his first homer of the season, to lead off the third. He, too, finished with two hits and a walk. Greg Golson's two-run homer off Phil Dumatrait in the top of the ninth inning put the Yankees ahead to stay.
Tigers at the plate: Gerald Laird continued his spring resurgence toward respectability at the plate when he slugged a third-inning grand slam off Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain. Ryan Raburn added a solo homer off Phil Hughes as part of a two-hit day. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI single.
Yankees on the mound: Chamberlain cruised through two innings relatively unscathed until the Tigers roughed him up for six consecutive baserunners in a six-run third and knocked him out of the game. Hughes worked long relief and scattered one run on three hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Tigers on the mound: Armando Galarraga's first start of the Grapefruit League season brought his first two-inning performance of the year and almost entirely fly balls compared to grounders. The right-hander gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. First-round Draft pick Jacob Turner made his first official spring outing and tossed a hitless fourth inning, loaded the bases with two walks and hit batter before striking out Teixeira to end the threat. Zach Miner gave up two runs in the fifth.
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Worth noting: The announced crowd of 9,713 was the second-largest attendance in Joker Marchant Stadium history, just shy of the record of 9,781.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 4-5, Tigers 4-4
Up next: A.J. Burnett will take the mound when the Yankees return to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday for a 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Braves to be shown on MLB.TV. Jair Jurrjens will start for Atlanta.
The Tigers will follow up their first reunion with Granderson by meeting Placido Polanco for the first time since he signed with the Phillies as a free agent over the offseason. Polanco's successor at second base in Detroit, Scott Sizemore, is scheduled to make the trip, as are fellow Tigers regulars Johnny Damon, Cabrera, Laird and Adam Everett. Justin Verlander will make his second start of the spring, taking on Joe Blanton in the 1:05 p.m. start at Bright House Networks Field.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.