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Yankees Fall Into Last Place in AL East, Mets Defeat Marlins

April 07, 2013

The New York Yankees fell into last place in the American League East yesterday after losing 8-4 to the Detroit Tigers, who are looking to sweep the three-game Major League Baseball series today.

The loss ruined pitcher Phil Hughes’s return to the team from a stay on the disabled list with a bulging disc in his upper spine. Hughes, 26, had been scheduled to make a minor- league rehabilitation start yesterday and wasn’t expected to be called up to the majors until April 11.

Hughes (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings and struck out four for the Yankees at Comerica Park in Detroit. At 1-4, New York is two games behind the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays who share the division lead at 3-2.

“We’ve got to get it turned around,” manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “We’re swinging the bats O.K. We’ve got to get our pitching turned around.”

The Yankees trailed 5-4 on Lyle Overbay’s two-run single in the sixth inning before the Tigers scored twice in the sixth and once more in the eighth as Miguel Cabrera, who went 4-for-4, came home on Andy Dirks sacrifice fly.

Max Scherzer (1-0) gave up four runs on five hits and struck out seven in five innings for the Tigers (3-2).

John Buck drove in four runs for the New York Mets, who defeated the Miami Marlins 7-3 at Citi Field in New York.

Daniel Murphy hit a run-scoring triple to break a 3-3 tie and then reached home on David Wright’s single to make it 5-3. Buck hit a sacrifice fly to score Wright and Collin Cowgill ended the scoring with an eighth-inning home run.

Brandon Lyon (1-0) gave up one hit and struck out two in the eighth inning to get the win. Ryan Webb (0-1) surrendered three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings for the Marlins (1-4).

The Mets (3-2) are third in the National League East, one game behind the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.

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