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Shane Greene Shuts Down Powerful Tigers, Yanks Win, 1-0

NEW YORK — Shane Greene pitched eight-plus outstanding innings to lead the Yankees to a 1-0 victory in the finale of a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.

Greene (3-1) continued an impressive run of starting pitching by New York against the American League Central leaders by scattering five singles and allowing two runners past first base. He struck out five, walked three threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes while getting 11 ground-ball outs.

Shortstop Stephen Drew had an RBI ground-rule double for the Yankees, who scored 11 runs in the series and had eight singles against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello (13-6).

The Yankees beat the Tigers in three games by getting effective starts from mid-season trade acquisitions Brandon McCarthy and Chris Capuano in victories against former Cy Young Award winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Hiroki Kuroda also matched David Price by allowing three runs in seven innings in Tuesday's 12-inning loss as New York's starters allowed a combined three earned runs in 27 innings.

Greene's outing marked the 50th time that the Yankees started a rookie, the most in the majors. He exited to a standing ovation from the fans after second baseman Ian Kinsler opened the ninth with a base hit.

The Yankees improved to 31-19 in games started by rookies when David Robertson retired pinch hitter Miguel Cabrera on a double play and retiring first baseman Don Kelly in the ninth for his 31st save.

Greene also had pair of key double plays that helped him win for the first time at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander highlighted his outing by retiring designated Victor Martinez on a 4-6-3 double play to end the sixth and that came two innings after Greene struck out Kelly with two on.

Besides the double plays, the Yankees played strong defense behind Greene. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice running catch on second baseman Ian Kinsler in the fourth, left fielder Brett Gardner made a leaping catch on shortstop Andrew Romine for the final out of the fifth and third baseman Martin Prado made snagged left fielder Rajai Davis' liner for the second out of the eighth.

After scoring five runs at home for the second time since the All-Star break Wednesday, the Yankees played a game decided by two runs or less for the 17th time in 18 games. They took a 1-0 lead with three straight two-out hits capped by Drew's bloop double that bounced just fair on the left field line.

Porcello allowed a run and nine hits over seven innings. The New Jersey native remained one win shy of equaling his career high.

The Tigers scored six runs in 39 innings and were shut out for the sixth time this season.

NOTES: SS Derek Jeter was given the day off. Jeter has 3,429 hits and his next hit will tie the Yankees captain with Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time list. … IF Stephen Drew made his first start at shortstop since joining the Yankees while 1B Mark Teixeira sat out with an injured left pinkie finger. … New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) played catch at 60 and 90 feet without problem and will continue throwing this weekend. … Since Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera was given the day off, 2B Ian Kinsler batted third for the third time this season. … Detroit SS Eugenio Suarez missed his third straight game with a sprained left knee while RF Torii Hunter sat out a second straight game with a left hand contusion.

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