American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 2nd
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (28-23) at Detroit Tigers (24-28), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.96)
Detroit - Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.21)
(Sports Network) - Rick Porcello will take the mound tonight for the
struggling Detroit Tigers as they attempt to come out victorious in the second
stage of their three-game series with the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.
Casey Crosby (0-1) only lasted 3 1/3 innings for the Tigers in his MLB debut
in the team's 9-4 loss in the series opener on Friday.
"When you bring somebody up, you're prepared for anything as a manager,"
Detroit skipper Jim Leyland said. "And I was prepared for exactly what
happened tonight. I was also prepared for if he gets on a roll and gets some
confidence going, he might shut them down pretty good. That's just the way it
Leyland will need to be prepared for anything tonight with the inconsistent
Porcello on the hill. The right-hander won two straight starts at the
beginning of May with solid outings versus the White Sox and Athletics.
However, he has gone 0-2 in his last four starts with an ERA of 5.75 over that
Porcello is 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA in four career regular-season starts versus
New York. Detroit is in third place in the American League Central Division
and trailing the first-place White Sox by six games.
The Tigers' twin rookie outfielders did their best on Friday in the series
opener. Quintin Berry went 3-of-5 for the second game in a row and was a home
run short of hitting for the cycle in the loss. Delmon Young also had three
hits in four at-bats. Prince Fielder extended his hitting streak to nine games
and drove in a run and Ramon Santiago belted his first home run of the season.
Detroit, which began its six-game homestand on Friday, will need to get more
out of Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch, who went a combined 1-for-9 and left
a total of 11 runners on base. Cabrera has hit safely in 32-of-34 games
against the Yankees.
Former Tiger Curtis Granderson hit a game-changing grand slam in the second
inning to push the Yankees to their second straight win. The center fielder
has gone yard three times in four games to give him a team-leading 17 homers
and 33 RBI.
"He's been really important for us. He's been a great player," Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said about Granderson.
The Yankees' offense was not solely reliant on Granderson. Alex Rodriguez
struck out three times but hit a deep home run to left-center in the ninth
inning. Derek Jeter comes in with a six-game hitting streak after going 2-
for-4 with an RBI and walk on Friday.
New York's impressive offensive display was matched by its ace CC Sabathia
(7-2). Sabathia surrendered three earned runs and struck out five during his
seven innings of action.
New York is 1 1/2 games back of the American League East-leading Rays, who
face off with the second-place Orioles on Saturday. The Yankees are 5-2 on
their current nine-game road trip.
Girardi will send out Hiroki Kuroda (4-6) to follow up Sabathia tonight.
Kuroda last faced Detroit in 2010 as a member of the Dodgers, a game the
Tigers won with Porcello on the mound.
Kuroda held Oakland scoreless for eight innings on Sunday to lower his ERA to
3.96. The victory gave the Japanese right-hander his first road victory of the
The Yankees are 3-1 versus Detroit this season.
06/02 10:35:59 ET