Tigers' Ledezma stifles Yankees' bats
Pena belts two-run homer off Brown in Detroit's 4-3 win
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Carlos Pena closed out his spring with a two-run homer and an RBI single to complement six scoreless innings from Wilfredo Ledezma in the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Yankees on Friday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Pena's third home run of the spring hit the top of the berm in left field, an estimated 400-plus feet away. The second-inning, opposite-field shot scored Craig Monroe following his leadoff double.
An inning later, Pena nearly homered to the same part of the field, lofting another drive off the left-field wall hard enough that he had to settle for a single. He scored Dmitri Young, who had an RBI double to left-center.
All four runs came off Yankees starter Kevin Brown (1-2), who gave up six hits in three innings before Buddy Groom and Jaret Wright combined to retire Detroit's next 10 batters.
Ledezma (1-1) scattered three hits over six innings in his final tuneup before his scheduled start next Saturday against the Indians. He received help from shortstop Carlos Guillen, whose first-inning relay throw retired Alex Rodriguez at the plate on Gary Sheffield's double to left center.
The Yankees mounted a seventh-inning comeback by loading the bases with no one out against lefty Jamie Walker. Damian Rolls slapped an infield single off third baseman Brandon Inge to drive in Jason Giambi, then J.T. Stotts hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Andy Phillips.
The win improved the Tigers to 13-14-3 this spring. The Yankees' third loss in their last four games dropped New York under .500 at 14-15-1.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.