Rogers held New York to just two runs in six-plus innings and picked Wilson Betemit off first base in the second inning, helping Detroit to a 6-5 win over the Yankees.
“Picking guys off is something I’m proud of,” Rogers said. “That’s secondary to what I’m trying to do, which is keeping the runners close, but I do try to get them.”
Detroit won for just the second time in eight games since sweeping the Yankees in a three-game series in New York. It was the Tigers’ first sweep of at least three games at Yankee Stadium since 1966.
“His control was coming and going, but he did a great job,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said of Rogers. “That was a very good performance.”
Kei Igawa’s season debut was a forgettable one for New York. He lasted just three-plus innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits.
“His strike-to-ball ratio was good, he worked much quicker but he couldn’t get a breaking ball, whether it was his change-up or his slider,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You have to be able to throw off-speed pitches for strikes. They were able to basically focus in on one pitch.”
Jason Giambi homered in the second, giving him 184 with the Yankees, passing Tommy Henrich and tying Charlie Keller for 16th place in team history.
“I was concerned, because that’s a perfect example of how important it is to get the leadoff guy in the ninth,” Leyland said. “Todd had the guy 0-2, and if he gets him, the game probably ends without any excitement.”
Carlos Guillen hit a sacrifice fly for Detroit in the first inning. … Sheffield has 1,583 RBIs, tying former Tiger Al Kaline for 35th place in major league history. … The Yankees committed three errors. … Detroit relievers had three wild pitches.