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Yankees' win is stroll in park; Passed ball leads to winning run

NEW YORK -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland waved off the question about Delmon Young with a flick of the hand and a terse response.

Leyland was in no mood to talk about the stunning late-night arrest of his left fielder on a hate crime harassment charge after the Yankees rallied to beat Detroit, 7-6, Friday. Derek Jeter scored the winning run on a passed ball with one out in the ninth inning.

"Get lost, get lost, get lost," Leyland snapped. "Do yourself a favor and get lost."

The Tigers came to New York having lost six of seven at home and a day after they cut popular infielder Brandon Inge, Detroit's longest-tenured player. The arrest of Young early Friday eclipsed those issues.

Young was arrested at 2:30 a.m. -- four hours after the team arrived in New York -- for a fight at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

His jersey hung in his locker and his batting helmet was in its cubby in the Detroit dugout, but Young was not at the ballpark for the first meeting between the teams since the Tigers won Game Five of their AL Division Series last fall in New York. Young hit three home runs in that series.

On a 46-degree night more reminiscent of last October than late April, the Yankees took advantage of Justin Verlander, who was hardly at his best in the frigid conditions despite reaching 98 mph -- in the sixth inning. They roughed up Detroit's ace for five runs, four earned, but Verlander said Young's situation was not a distraction.

"I wasn't worried about what was going on," Verlander said. "I had to worry about pitching against the New York Yankees."

The Tigers failed to hold a 6-4 lead. Don Kelly misplayed a line drive to left for a run-scoring error in the sixth, and Mark Teixeira had a tying sacrifice fly against Joaquin Benoit in the eighth before a wild ninth.

Jeter drew a one-out walk from Brayan Villarreal (0-1) and went to third when Villarreal threw a wild pitch on ball four to Curtis Granderson. With Alex Rodriguez up, Villarreal's 2-0 pitch glanced off catcher Alex Avila's glove and Jeter barely beat Avila's throw to Villarreal at the plate.

"I just missed it," Avila said.

Rodriguez hit his 633rd homer in the fourth and had two RBIs, but his biggest play was waving Jeter home.

"I'm at third. When Aviles turns around, I couldn't see it," Jeter said. "You really can't see where the ball is. I saw Alex."

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