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Alex Rodriguez finds short porch in right field

Rodriguez led off the seventh inning with a pop-fly home run that sent the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

July 19, 2009|Associated Press

NEW YORK — CC Sabathia outdueled All-Star Justin Verlander, and Alex Rodriguez's pop-fly homer sent the New York Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Sabathia (9-6) tossed seven shutout innings, working out of trouble most of the afternoon.

The game was scoreless and Verlander (10-5) took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, when Rodriguez led off with a high fly toward Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch and the ball carried into the second row of seats.

"The game had a feeling that one mistake, one pitch, one swing was going to be the difference," said Rodriguez, who has 571 homers.

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