Detroit Tigers (11-4) vs New York Yankees (8-7) – 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 44 degrees, cloudy
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For the first time this season the Detroit Tigers will not win a series, but they have a chance at tying their series with the New York Yankees as opposed to losing it in the series finale this afternoon.
When We Last Met
It was a night to forget for the Tigers and their fans. Snow throughout the game, David Price‘s kyrptonite in the form of the New York Yankees continued as he put his team in a 6-0 hole before their first at-bat. The Tigers rallied for four runs in their half of the inning, but only New York continued to score on the rest of the frigid evening, losing 13-4.
Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71) will be looking to get it in gear in Thursday’s game after two tough starts. He was charged with nine earned runs in his last game against the Chicago White Sox and pitching coach Jeff Jones pledged to work on the homer problems (five allowed through three games after allowing four in 23 starts last year).
Because of his injury last August when these teams played twice, Sanchez did not face New York. He has faced them three times in his career, going 2-1 with a 5.17 ERA.
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) had a tough start to the season after kicking off the rust following Tommy John surgery. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) through his first two outings but shutdown the Tampa Bay Rays through seven innings of a 9-0 whitewash for the Yankees.
Tanaka likely has an advantage over Tigers’ batters in this game as it seems the offense struggles against hard-throwers that they have not seen before.
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Hernan Perez-SS