American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 8th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (63-46) at Detroit Tigers (60-50), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.53)
Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 4.50)
(Sports Network) - With their once prodigious lead in the American League East
dwindling by the day, the New York Yankees need CC Sabathia to be a stopper on
The Yankees' ace will try to halt Detroit's 10-game winning streak at Comerica
Park when the two teams resume a four-game set. The Tigers, meanwhile, will be
trying to win 11 straight in the Motor City for the first time since August of
The Tigers have won the first two in the series, following up Justin
Verlander's impressive 14-strikeout performance on Monday by holding on for a
6-5 win in the second test of the set.
Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs while Andy Dirks had
two RBI for the Tigers, who have won 10 in a row at home for the first time
since June 15-July 15, 2006. Jhonny Peralta also drove in a run.
Rick Porcello (9-6) gave up three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings for
Detroit, which has won six straight games overall to move within a half-game
of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
"He came out there and he threw strikes. He stayed in the ballgame late enough
for them to get their bullpen a little bit of rest," Yankees outfielder Curtis
Granderson said when talking about Porcello.
Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who lost Monday's series
opener by a 7-2 margin. Ichiro Suzuki had two RBI.
Phil Hughes (11-9) allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings to take
New York has now lost 12-of-18 overall dating back to July 19 and its
advantage atop the AL East has shrunk to 4 1/2 games over Baltimore.
Conversely, the Tigers have won 12-of-18 over the same stretch to put the heat
on the ChiSox.
Detroit is also a gaudy 16-1 in the Motor City since July 4 and has outscored
the opposition by a 68-28 margin during its 10-game run at Comerica.
Sabathia, however, has been pitching well recently and is coming off a
complete game three-hit performance in a 6-3 win over Seattle last Friday. The
six-time All-Star hasn't lost since June 7 against Tampa Bay and has won both
of his starts against the Tigers this season. Overall the big lefty is 17-12
with a 4.44 ERA in 34 career starts against Detroit.
Anibal Sanchez, who was acquired from Miami back on July 23, will take the
hill for the Tigers. The veteran bounced back from a tough debut with Detroit
by allowing two runs and eight hits in six innings during a 10-2 victory over
slumping Cleveland last Friday.
Sanchez hasn't faced the Yankees since his major league debut on June 25,
2006, when he allowed seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-0 win for the then
The Yankees, who were ousted in five games by the Tigers in last October's
ALCS, have lost six of their last seven regular-season visits to Detroit.
08/08 10:42:22 ET