Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jeter, Yanks Steal One from Tigers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jeter, Yanks Steal One from Tigers

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NEW YORK - The cacophony of applause rose into the Bronx night, cutting through the bitter-cold breeze blowing through Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez had stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game with runners on first and third, bringing the crowd to a roar.

But he never had a chance to swing the bat.

Derek Jeter scored from third on a passed ball by catcher Alex Avila to give the Yankees a come-from-behind, walk-off 7-6 victory Friday night over the Detroit Tigers in front of 41,200 fans.

Jeter beat a close play at the plate, in which reliever Brayan Villarreal dropped the throw from Avila.

"So, as much as I would like to say I was a great baserunner tonight, basically all I had to do was run," said Jeter, who walked and then moved from first to third after Curtis Granderson's walk came on a wild pitch. "We caught a break."

Jeter got a slow start off of third because he did not know where the passed ball went.

"I never saw it," said Jeter, whose 15-game hitting streak was snapped.

"I'm at third and when Avila turns around, I can't see it. I saw Al waving me in, so I went. So it was a lot closer play than it should have been."

Rodriguez -- who hit a home run earlier in the game -- knew Jeter needed help.

"I saw it because I waved him twice, and I saw no movement. I actually saw some movement back," he said. "I knew it was going to be close."

Few things had gone right for the Yankees before that.

Ivan Nova -- their best starter this season -- struggled for the first time in 2012.

They faced reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And manager Joe Girardi already was in the clubhouse, having been ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Nova -- who proclaimed himself "the best pitcher in the world" after his previous start, a victory over the Red Sox -- was anything but, yet still earned a no-decision. …

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