The last time Alex Rodriguez faced the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, he stood against a team that could do no wrong. He whiffed for the last out in the Tigers' historic series-clinching victory last October.
But Friday night, A-Rod had the benefit of confronting a Tigers team that can't do anything right at the moment.
The Tigers can't even stay out into the wee hours of the morning without embarrassing themselves.
Rodriguez didn't even need to swing the bat to win the game. The Tigers' damage was all self-inflicted, losing their fifth straight -- and seventh in their last eight -- thanks to a ninth-inning wild pitch on a walk and then a passed ball with A-Rod at the plate.