After taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners in the final series of a nine-game homestand the New York Yankees set off for Detroit to face Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
The homestand was a bit of a downer for the Yankees, losing two of three to both the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles before winning the series against the Mariners. The series’ losses to the Red Sox and the Orioles encompassed a four-game losing streak, but the Yankees have now won three out of four after receiving better starting pitching.
Ivan Nova will hope that continues tonight against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Nova was knocked around by the Orioles in his last outing surrendering a five-run lead after allowing a seven-run inning and nine runs overall. Jimmy Kraft will dive further into Nova’s recent struggles later this afternoon.
Verlander saw his 63-game streak of games in which he tossed at least six innings end due to a rainstorm during his last start.
The Yankees will send Phil Hughes out tomorrow, followed by CC Sabathia and then Hiroki Kuroda in the series finale. The Tigers counter with Rick Porcello, Anibal Sanchez (making his third start for Detroit after being traded by the Miami Marlins) and a resurgent Doug Fister.
The Yankees (63-44) maintain a 6 1/2 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, while the Tigers are 1 1/2 games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. Detroit and the Oakland A’s both at 58-50 hold a 1/2 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the wild card race.
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