Detroit Tigers (10-2) vs New York Yankees (6-6) – 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, ESPN
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 60 degrees, chance of showers
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The Detroit Tigers play in both their first nationally televised game (shocker that it’s against the New York Yankees) and their first night game of the season as they open the first of four key games against their ancient rivals from the Bronx.
It was another successful week for the Tigers. After a 6-0 first week, they went 4-2 in the second week, winning all four of their series this season. They were the first team in baseball to reach double-digit wins on Sunday, joined by the surprising New York Mets later in the day.
They will face a Yankees’ team that struggled to start the year but got into the groove by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field over the weekend.
When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers dropped the season series from the New York Yankees last season, losing three of the seven games played between the ancient rivals, dropping three of four in the Bronx during an early August series and then winning two of three at Comerica Park two weeks later.
Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.02) was just incredible in his last start, going eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and a pair of strikeouts. He also had a decent outing in his first start, allowing three runs in just over five innings against Cleveland on April 10.
Simon has faced the Yankees a number of times during his career, split between starts and relief, and has been hit around pretty good. Still looking for his first victory against New York, Simon has a 5.25 ERA in seven games, four of those starts.
Former Cy Young winner with the Cleveland Indians, CC Sabathia‘s glory days are clearly behind him. An injury-plagued 2014 limited him to just eight starts and the rust is showing through two starts this year. The lefty is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA, allowing nine runs (eight earned) over 12.2 innings.
This will be the 37th game that Sabathia has started against Detroit, the most of any other team. He’s gone 19-12 with a high ERA of 4.29. The last time he faced Detroit, in 2013, he shut them out through seven innings.
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jose Iglesias-SS