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Yanks Crush Tigers in Detroit, 10-3

May 6, 1963 - The New York Yankees battered left and right-handed indiscriminately today as they crushed the Tigers, 10-3, in the opener of a three-game series before a Detroit crowd of 18,423. The victory put the Bombers in a first-place tie with the Athletics, who lost to the White Sox. Hank Aguirre, a southpaw tormentor of recent years, survived 7 innings but was reached for 6 runs and 13 hits with Mickey Mantle, after tuning up on two singles, unloaded his fourth homer of the year. Off right-handed Paul Foytack, the Bombers notched four runs, three on a homer by Tom Tresh. Whitey Ford’s scoreless string of 19 innings ended when the Tigers scored 3 in the 4th. In the fifth, home plate umpire John Rice warned Ford about picking up the resin bag with his bare hand while holding the ball. “Yes,” Whitey confessed later. “I was wrong. I got into the habit of picking up the resin bag with the ball in my hands. Rice told me it was wrong, technically, because it was like putting a foreign substance [resin] on the ball.” In the seventh, by which time Ford had been tagged for 10 hits, he was relieved by Jim Bouton, who did another superlative relief job. The right-hander snuffed out 7 batters in a row to extend his string of scoreless innings to 14.

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