American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 7th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (63-45) at Detroit Tigers (59-50), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Phil Hughes (11-8, 3.96)
Detroit - Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.65)
(Sports Network) - The American League East-leading New York Yankees will
certainly be happy to put Justin Verlander in the rear-view mirror when they
resume a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park.
The Tigers' ace was dominant in the opener of the set on Monday, striking out
14 as Detroit cruised to a 7-2 victory.
Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera provided the early thunder with solo homers
and the Tigers broke it open with a parade of singles to back Verlander, who
snapped a personal two-start skid and beat the Yankees for the first time in
three tries this season.
The All-Star right-hander gave up eight hits and a pair of unearned runs --
thanks to his own error -- and matched a career-high in strikeouts over eight
innings. He issued one walk and threw 132 pitches.
"I was able to establish a good fastball and locate my changeup and breaking
ball for strikes," said Verlander. "I was just trying to focus on making my
The Tigers supported him with 13 hits, including 11 singles, to win their
ninth straight at home and fifth in a row overall. They were coming off a
weekend sweep of Cleveland.
Detroit hasn't won 10 straight at Comerica Park since June 15-July 15, 2006.
Ivan Nova (10-6) continued to struggle for New York. He gave up a career-high
nine runs in five innings of a loss to Baltimore in his last outing and on
Monday was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander
is just 1-4 in his last nine starts.
"Every pitcher goes through it, you're going to go through struggles," Yankees
manager Joe Girardi said about Nova. "You have to get through it."
"I'm leaving too many pitches in the middle (of the plate)," added Nova. "It
was a tough day for me, but I have to turn the page and keep working. I still
have my confidence. I know I can do better than this."
Eric Chavez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in defeat, while Derek Jeter
and Robinson Cano each picked up a pair of hits and an RBI. The Yankees had
won three of four entering the contest and lead the AL East by 5 1/2 games
"We swung the bats OK," Girardi added. "We got seven or eight hits against
(Verlander). We just couldn't put them together."
Right-hander Phil Hughes will try to even the series for the Yankees on
Tuesday. Hughes has been hot recently, compiling a 4-2 mark with a solid 2.39
ERA in his last seven starts, including a one-run, six-inning performance
against the Orioles in his last outing. He's also won three straight starts
against Detroit and is 5-3 lifetime against the Tigers.
Opposing Hughes will be Rick Porcello, who has had a lot of success against
New York in the Motor City recently, amassing a 2-0 mark with a gaudy 1.35 ERA
in his last three starts against the Yankees at Comerica. In his career,
Porcello is 2-2 versus New York with an ERA of 4.71.
The Yankees, who were ousted in five games by the Tigers in last October's
ALCS, have won four of seven clashes between these clubs thus far in 2012.
New York, however, has lost in five of its last six regular-season visits to
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