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Tigers Chew Up Cone, Yankees


David Cone was shaking his head. He was making good pitches, yet the Detroit Tigers were hitting the ball all over the park.

Luis Polonia homered and Detroit hit six doubles off Cone as the Tigers beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Wednesday night.

"I don't know what happened," said Cone, who went into the game with a 2.54 ERA and came out at 2.86. "I just know they put some good at-bats on me."

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  • Cone (9-4) entered the game with a 13-2 career record and 2.62 ERA against Detroit. But he gave up six runs on 12 hits both season highs in six innings.

    "This isn't the way I want to go into the All-Star game, obviously, on a losing note," Cone said. "It's not good timing, going into the All-Star game with your worst loss of the year."

    Chili Davis hit a two-run homer and Scott Brosius had a solo shot for the Yankees, who grounded into three inning-ending double plays.

    "They're a tough young team," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Detroit swept us the last time we were in here. They're not easy at our place, either."

    Detroit starter Dave Mlicki (4-8), who had lost his last three decisions, gave up four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. Doug Brocail, who started the season with just three career saves, pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.

    "Some people talk about locking your swing in," Detroit manager Larry Parrish said. "Boy, if we could lock this attitude in."

    The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third when Gabe Kapler doubled and scored on a double by Brad Ausmus. They added three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Frank Catalanotto, a sacrifice fly by Gabe Kapler and an RBI double by Deivi Cruz for a 4-0 lead.

    Ausmus doubled again in the fifth and scored on Dean Palmer's RBI single for a 5-0 lead.

    Mlicki took a five-hitter into the seventh before the Yankees rallied. A single by Tino Martinez and consecutive homers by Davis and Brosius closed the gap to 5-3. When Luis Soho followed with a single, Bryce Florie relieved Mlicki, who hadn't ecorded an out in the inning.

    Derek Jeter's RBI grounder then made it 5-4.

    "I felt good in the sixth inning. I felt good in the seventh inning, too," said Mlicki, who has gotten two of his four wins against the Yankees. "That just tells you the kind of offense they have."

    Polonia led off the bottom of the inning with his third homer of the season, one shy of his career high.

    "I felt like I'd been pressing the past few games," Polonia said. "So I had a little talk with myself. It helped me relax."

    Jeter led off the Yankees' fourth with a triple, but he was stranded as Mlicki worked out of the jam with an infield grounder, a walk, and a double-play.

    The Yankees also ended their fifth and sixth on double plays.

    Notes:

  • Jeter leads the major leagues with eight triples.
  • Bernie Williams went hitless in three at-bats, ending his hitting streak at 17 games.
  • The Tigers clinched their first win in a season home series against the Yankees since 1991.
  • Yankees 2B Chuck Knoblauch, who turned 31 Wednesday, didn't play.
  • Yankees OF Shane Spencer, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday, was released from a New York hospital where he was treated for atrial fibrilation. Spencer will be examined again Monday, before beginning a rehabilitation program.
  • The Tigers have signed third-round draft pick Neil Jenkins to a contract. Jenkins, who will report to the Gulf Coast Tigers on Friday, was rated by "Baseball America" as the second-best power hitter among draft eligible high school players.
  • The Tigers have gone scoreless 10 times this season, compared with eight shutouts all of 1998. The club record for scoreless games is 22, set in 1904.

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