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John Hicks and Justin Upton homer to back 6 2/3 innings from Anibal Sanchez; Greene works out of jam in 9th for his first save

NEW YORK – Another chance for John Hicks, another hit.

All season long, with the Detroit Tigers or Triple-A Toledo, Hicks has shuttled along, carrying his weight, offering no complaints though he has played well enough to stay in the big leagues.

Now, he’s back – perhaps to stay.

Looking to solidify his standing as the team’s backup catcher now and into the future, Hicks delivered the biggest hit in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

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He saw 10 pitches from left-hander CC Sabathia in the top of the second inning, fouling six pitches off, and popped the final pitch over the short rightfield wall at Yankee Stadium for a three-run home run that would hold up. Justin Upton added to the Tigers’ advantage with a solo home run to leftfield in the third inning. It was his 18th of the season.

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Anibal Sanchez did his part to make sure the lead held.

Shaking off a struggle in his last outing, Sanchez threw 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

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Sanchez’s only blemish came in the fourth inning, which began with a Gary Sanchez double to leftfield. Then, Didi Gregorious pulled a pitch inside the rightfield foul pole for a two-run home run. It was smooth sailing from there until the seventh inning, when Sanchez allowed a two-out single.

Bruce Rondon relieved Sanchez and threw tantalizingly good stuff, hitting 100 m.p.h. on the stadium radar gun and inducing a groundout to second from Clint Frazier to escape damage.

The Yankees came within a run when Alex Wilson and Daniel Stumpf allowed back-to-back singles in the eighth inning; Upton misplayed the first single in leftfield and was charged with an error and Gregorious smacked Stumpf’s first offering for an RBI single.

In came newly-anointed Tigers closer Shane Greene, who was tasked with a five-out save. He recorded two on an inning-ending double play and set down the Yankees in the ninth inning with runners on third and second.

James McCann extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. He recorded two hits.The Tigers are 48-57.

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Contact Anthony Fenech: afenech@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @anthonyfenech.

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