It didn’t come easy, but on an afternoon where the managers frustration boiled over, the struggling Yankees earned themselves a hard fought 4-3 win on the road in Detroit.

The Yankees got off to a hot start, with Raul Ibanez and Ichiro both driving in runs in the second inning to give the club a 2-0 lead. However, in the fifth inning, after an Andy Dirks double put the Tigers in front of the Yanks 3-2, Joe Girardi lost his composure and was ejected from the game. Girardi was upset at the line umpire who seemed to physically indicate that Dirks’ ball was foul before changing his mind and ruling it fair. Replays did show that the ball was indeed fair, however the initial indication by the ump could have certainly affected the way in which Ibanez approached the play.

The controversy was rendered irrelevant in the 8th, as Mark Teixeria and Eric Chavez connected on back to back home runs to take a 4-3 lead. That lead stood up after Rafael Soriano escaped a first and third, no out jam in the 9th inning to record his 27th save.

Hiroki Kuroda started the game, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits. He received a No Decision for his efforts.