American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 6
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (62-48) at New York Yankees (58-54), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Justin Verlander (10-9, 4.66)
New York - Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.38)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers send their third straight former
American League Cy Young Award winner to the hill on Wednesday when they
continue a four-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
After Max Scherzer was outdueled by five New York pitchers Monday, the newly
acquired David Price took a no-decision after an 8 2/3-inning, 10-strikeout
performance Tuesday night.
Tonight, it'll be Justin Verlander getting the call for the Tigers, as he
tries to string back-to-back wins together. Verlander beat the Colorado
Rockies on Friday, limiting them to a pair of runs in eight innings. He also
struck out five batters without allowing a walk and improved to 10-9 to go
along with a 4.66 ERA.
He's allowed more than four runs in a start only once since the middle of
"I think pitching is constant tinkering," Verlander said. "You're always
working on things. This year, I made more drastic adjustments than I would
have liked, but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction and will
continue working on what I've been working on, and go out there and continue
to pitch the way I did (against the Rockies).
Verlander is 5-5 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 3.84 ERA in 15 starts.
Detroit evened this series at a game apiece on Tuesday, as Alex Avila's solo
home run in the top of the 12th inning put the Tigers ahead for good in a 4-3
Avila, who earlier came through with an RBI single that tied the contest in
the seventh inning, belted an offering from Matt Daley (0-1) into the
bleachers in right center to make Price's first outing as a Tiger a victorious
Price made a strong initial impression, however, allowing three runs in 8 2/3
innings. Two of the eight hits the former Tampa Bay ace surrendered were solo
homers by Brian McCann and Martin Prado.
"He really did a fantastic job," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Price. "He
gave us a chance to win, unfortunately we didn't get him the win but we did
get the win."
Prado and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished 2-for-5 with an RBI for New York,
which had a three-game winning streak halted. Hiroki Kuroda matched Price
through the first seven innings, yielding three runs on six hits.
"We fought them for 12 innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a
tough loss, but we'll bounce back."
On Wednesday New York will turn to veteran lefty Chris Capuano, who will be
making his third start for the Yankees. Capuano absorbed the loss on Friday
versus his former team, the Boston Red Sox, who reached him for four runs and
eight hits in 6 1/3 frames, dropping him to 1-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA.
Capuano is 2-0 in four games (2 starts) against the Tigers with a 6.43 ERA.
Detroit split six matchups with the Yankees last season.
08/06 10:21:37 ET