Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees Game 68: Preview, TV, Lineup
By Matt Pelc
Detroit Tigers (34-32) at New York Yankees (36-30) — 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium — New York, NY
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy
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Coming off a rain shortened three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, in which they lost two of three games, the Detroit Tigers will be looking for a better showing this time around than when they face the New York Yankees at Comerica Park in the middle of April.
The Yankees were struggling before that series in Detroit but stabilized their season and have spent most of the last six weeks in first place, but fell out after a recent tough stretch. They are currently a game behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Two storylines in this game include Victor Martinez‘s return to the lineup, hitting in his usual spot of four, and Alex Rodriguez needing just one hit to reach 3,000 for his career.
When We Last Met
The Tigers were 10-2 and at the zenith of their season when welcoming in the rival Yankees for the first of four games on April 20. They won the series’ first game behind a sparkling performance from Friday’s starter Alfredo Simon, but lost the final three in the series in rather ugly fashion, outscored 20-7.
Detroit also lost three of four games when the teams met in New York from August 4-7 of last year.
With the rainout on Thursday night, the Tigers slid their rotation back so instead of starting against the Reds, Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60) will face the Yankees instead, looking to build upon his last start, the inaugural start of the 2015 season for J.V. He’s struggled somewhat against New York in his career, going 5-6 in 16 starts with a 3.75 ERA and 1.403 WHIP. At the new Yankee Stadium, he’s 0-3 in six games with a 4.26 ERA.
The Yankees will turn to Adam Warren (4-4, 3.78) who struggled in his start against the Tigers in April. In the middle of falling snow flurries he was knocked around for four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings, although those four runs came in the first inning and he shut the door from there. Luckily New York bats touched David Price up for eight runs early so it was a moot point. Warren has been okay for the Yankees this season, allowing three runs on six hits in a no-decision in his last start on Sunday.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Jose Iglesias
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season