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Thursday, August 28 (All times Eastern)

New York Yankees (69-62) at Detroit Tigers (71-60), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.94) Detroit - Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 4.76)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Seeking to inch closer in the American League wild card race, the New York Yankees hope to grab a series victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series.

The Yankees battered Tigers starter David Price in winning last night's meeting 8-4, getting back on track after seeing a five-game win streak snapped with a loss on Tuesday.

New York notched nine straight hits off of Price in the third inning and scored all eight of its runs in the frame. Derek Jeter had two RBI and both Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann finished the contest with two hits and an RBI.

"Maybe in a Little League game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the nine straight hits. "Sometimes it just happens. The game doesn't always make sense."

Shane Greene did his part on the mound for New York by logging seven innings, giving up two runs and striking out eight.

The victory pulled New York within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the second wild card position, while Detroit remained a half-game behind the Mariners.

Price allowed 12 hits in all before getting lifted without recording an out in the third inning. He had worked at least six frames in 19 consecutive starts coming in.

"You don't want to lose a game, you don't want to lose any game," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "(Price) has been so good. He's human. He had an off night and we'll move on."

Victor Martinez had a solo homer, his career-high 26th of the season, for the Tigers, who had a three-game win streak snapped, while Torii Hunter ended 2- for-5 with an RBI in the loss.

While the Tigers probably aren't concerned about Price long-term, they have had an issue with filling in for the injured Anibal Sanchez. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein will be the latest to try and fill the void when he makes his first career start today.

Lobstein made his major league debut on Saturday versus Minnesota. The 25- year-old logged 5 2/3 innings of relief, charged with three runs on four hits and four walks.

The Tigers were forced to use Lobstein in extended relief on that day after starter Buck Farmer was lifted after giving up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.

The Yankees, meanwhile, counter with a reliable veteran in Hiroki Kuroda, who has won back-to-back starts while giving up two runs in each outing.

Kuroda worked around five hits and a pair of walks over six innings to beat the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, striking out six and improving to 9-8 with a 3.94 earned run average on the year.

"He's a guy that we've tried to make sure we gave him the extra days when we could," Girardi said of Kuroda. "We need him down the stretch. He's got the most experience out there and he's been pitching well."

The 39-year-old righty is 0-1 with a 3.76 ERA in four career meetings with the Tigers, including a no-decision on Aug. 5 when he allowed three runs over seven innings.

The Yankees have won seven of their last 10 versus the Tigers, winning three of four at home from Aug. 4-7.

08/28 10:23:27 ET