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Detroit starter Justin Verlander was stunned immediately on the very first pitch he threw as Yankees lead-off hitter Derek Jeter pounded the ball to right field for a solo home run, as the visitors quickly set the tone against the Tigers' ace. Verlander gave up nine hits over 6.1 innings and tied a season-high with five runs allowed before exiting in the seventh after 114 pitches.
Aside from a Prince Fielder moon shot to right field in the fourth inning that finally put Detroit on the scoreboard, it was a largely quiet day for Tiger bats against New York hurler Phil Hughes. In addition to only giving up four hits over the full nine innings for his second career complete game, Hughes fanned eight Detroit hitters en route to his fifth victory of the season.
Now sitting at 25-29 and visibly struggling to crawl their way back to a .500 record, the Tigers will receive a much-needed rest day on Monday before welcoming the AL Central rival Cleveland Indians to town for a three-game series that opens Tuesday.
In a well-orchestrated event before the Detroit Tigers concluded their three-game series with New York on Sunday, six-time All-Star Magglio Ordonez was given the proper send-off with an extremely classy retirement ceremony.
In addition to a number of in-game clips flashed on the big screen, highlighted by none other than Ordonez's ALCS clinching home run against Oakland back in 2006, fans were presented with interviews from both current players and manager Jim Leyland about what Ordonez meant to the organization during his seven years with the Tigers.
Viewed as one of the most feared right-handed hitters and run producers during his prime (99-08), Ordonez recorded a .312 average in 847 career games with Detroit. He ended his MLB career as a .309 hitter, but fell just six home runs shy of 300 after struggling to make contact for much of his final season in 2011. Firmly entrenched in Detroit sports history for his massive blast back in 2006 though, Sunday's event was a well-deserved send-off for a man who had an extremely positive impact on Tiger baseball.
With a chance to take down the Bronx Bombers in their three-game series at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers will send MVP winner Justin Verlander to the mound in the series' pivotal game on Sunday afternoon.
Opposing Verlander for the Yankees will be young righthander Phil Hughes, who has struggled to a 5.64 ERA over 10 starts this season for New York. Hughes will face a Detroit lineup that features the unusual 1-2 punch of Quintin Berry and Danny Worth atop the order, protected by the ever-dangerous 3-4 combo of power sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Utility man Don Kelly will assume left field and bat eighth, while Saturday's hero, backup catcher Omir Santos, will once again get the start with both Gerald Laird and Alex Avila ailing.
Here are the starting lineups for game three of the series:
1. Quintin Berry - CF
2. Danny Worth - 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera - 3B
4. Prince Fielder - 1B
5. Delmon Young - DH
6. Brennan Boesch - RF
7. Jhonny Peralta - SS
8. Don Kelly - LF
9. Omir Santos - C
Justin Verlander - SP
1. Derek Jeter - SS
2. Curtis Granderson - CF
3. Alex Rodriguez - DH
4. Robinson Cano - 2B
5. Mark Teixeira - 1B
6. Raul Ibanez - LF
7. Nick Swisher - RF
8. Eric Chavez - 3B
9. Russell Martin - C
Phil Hughes - SP
Outfielder Andy Dirks has not played since pinch hitting last Wednesday in Detroit's loss at Boston. The utility outfielder goes on the DL with a .328 bating average and four home runs.
Matt Young was expected to be called up from Triple-A Toledo a couple of days ago but a hamstring injury to catcher Gerald Laird changed those plans. Young will now fill a much-needed spot on the bench to give the Tigers an additional bat and outfielder to utilize.
Rick Porcello gave Detroit a strong start on the mound Saturday which the Tigers hope to build on with ace Justin Verlander scheduled to start on Sunday. Verlander is 5-3 on the season with a 2.55 ERA, but the hard-throwing, right-hander picked up two of those three losses in his last two outing.
A little run support wouldn't hurt, so the Tigers will look to third baseman Miguel Cabrera to continue his tear at the plate. Cabrera hit two solo home runs on Saturday and has three multi-hit games in the team's last four games, going 10 for 19 during that stretch.
The Yankees will try to slow down Cabrera and the Detroit offense with right-hander Phil Hughes. Hughes has a 4-5 record after ten starts with a 5.64 ERA.
The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.
The two teams waited through a 39-minute rain delay before the first pitch was thrown at Comerica Park, but neither starting pitcher appeared to be affected as New York's Hiroki Kuroda and Detroit's Rick Porcello each turned in quality starts. Porcello yielded just one run through six innings, lowering his season ERA to 4.86. Offensively, the Tigers were paced by a pair of straightaway center field home runs from the bat of All-Star Miguel Cabrera, who sent the ball roughly 900 feet combined with the two gravity-defying blasts.
With a one-run lead late, Tigers closer Jose Valverde struggled mightily to find the strike zone immediately after entering the game in a save situation in the ninth. The one-time sure thing at the end of games proceeded to walk the game-tying run with two outs for his third blown save of the season. Due to his team's offensive prowess soon thereafter however, Valverde ended up lucking his way into his third victory of the year.
A game-winning sacrifice fly from the bat of backup catcher Omir Santos scored Brennan Boesch in the bottom half of the ninth to give Detroit a thrilling 4-3 win in walk-off fashion, and moved the Tigers to just three games below .500 on the season. Santos dropped what could have been an inning-ending pop up with the Yankees at bat in the ninth, but responded with his second career game-winning RBI.
Injuries have started to ravage the Detroit Tigers' lineup, but thankfully it appears that part-time catcher Gerald Laird will be able to avoid a trip to the 15-day disabled list after injuring his hamstring in Friday's game.
The 32-year-old catcher mentioned that he felt his right hamstring tighten on the step immediately before he unexpectedly dove into first base on a tight play at the bag against the Yankees in a pivotal series opener. With regular catcher Alex Avila already dealing with a hamstring injury of his own, Laird's situation came at the worst conceivable time for a Tigers organization that is ridiculously thin at the position.
Emergency call-up Omir Santos will remain in the lineup until one of Detroit's two catchers is ready to get back behind the plate, even if Laird appears fully confident that he'll be back in time for the next series. "I know my body," Laird said before Saturday's game. "I honestly don’t think it’s going to be very long."
Assuming everything goes to plan and he is able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, Laird figures to see a good deal of playing time in the near future with Avila banged up. With both guys unlikely to be playing at full health for a while, a straight platoon behind the plate might end up being the best situation for both players.
The Detroit Tigers set off to avenge a game one loss against the New York Yankees on Saturday, but only got as far as to hold them scoreless through one inning. New York got a pair of hits but gave way to the Tigers in the bottom of the first, when the game was promptly hit with a rain delay.
Danny Worth sacrificed to get Quintin Berry to third base when the delay was called, leaving Berry on third with one out in the game. The rain has died down, just about when the tarp was put up, but there's still no word on when the game will resume at all if it does.
It does seem like it has a good chance to resume, as the rain is already moving out away from the stadium, but if it's too wet, then it's too wet. Still, it doesn't look as though it's going to have to be delayed for another day. Detroit lost game one 9-4 and had game three scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. eastern. That does open the possibility of a double header.
The hits keep on coming for the Tigers, and I'm not talking about base hits that lead to runs and winning games; I'm talking about nagging injuries that are depleting the lineup and haunting Jim Leyland and the Tigers.
Just a few hours before the Tigers were set to take on the Yankees Saturday night, the team announced that Alex Avila is a late scratch with a tight right hamstring. Omir Santos will catch in his place.
This is an updated lineup for the game:
New #Tigers lineup: Berry CF, Worth 2b, Cabrera 3b, Fielder 1b, Young DH, Boesch RF, Peralta SS, Kelly LF, Santos C— Dana Wakiji (@FSDwakiji) June 2, 2012
The Tigers bench now consists of Ramon Santiago, and that's it. Andy Dirks will be unavailable with a sore achilles and Gerald Laird is also out with a tight right hammy, which he injured during Friday night's game. Don Kelly, Saturday night's starting left fielder, is the team's emergency catcher.
The Tigers have a slew of injuries right now, making lineup decisions pretty tough on skipper Jim Leyland. Andy Dirks will again miss Saturday's game with an achilles injury and he could be headed to the DL. Don Kelly is in the lineup and playing LF. It was rumored on Friday that he may be getting cut, so this could be his one-last hoo-rah.
Here is the full Tigers lineup for Saturday night's game:
1. Quintin Berry (L) CF
2. Danny Worth (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
9. Don Kelly (L) LF
Rick Porcello is on the mound.
1. Jeter (R) SS
2. Granderson (L) CF
3. Rodriguez (R) 3B
4. Cano (L) 2B
5. Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Ibanez (L) LF
7. Swisher (S) RF
8. Chavez (L) DH
9. Martin (R) C
Kuroda is on the mound for the Yankees.
Before the Tigers' loss to the Yankees on Friday night, rumors were swirling around the internet that the Tigers were going to make a move before Saturday night's game. There was some speculation that the move would involve Andy Dirks, who has been nursing a sore achilles this past week, and that he would be headed to the disabled list.
However, plans changed and the Tigers did not make any moves after the game. The reason for that may have had to do with backup catcher Gerald Laird tweaking his hamstring during the course of the game, muddling up the roster even more than it already was.
Dirks' achilles was not supposed to be severe enough to warrant a trip to the DL, but it apparently worsened after his pinch hit appearance on Wednesday night in Boston. He did not play in the series finale and did not play in the opener against the Yankees.
One move the Tigers are expected to make, once someone goes to the DL or gets the axe, is the call up of young, speedy OF Matt Young. He will be the 36th different Tigers player to play in a game this season.
The Detroit Tigers (24-28) continue their weekend series with the New York Yankees (28-23) on Saturday evening looking to bounce back from a 9-4 loss to the pinstripes on Friday night. The loss was the fourth in five games for the Tigers as they continue to struggle to gain any traction in the American League Central race and now sit six games behind the first place Chicago White Sox.
Detroit will give the ball to Rick Porcello to try to shut down the Yankees' offense. The young right-hander is 3-4 on the year with a 5.21 ERA and while Porcello is winless in his last four starts, he pitched better in his last outing, giving up three runs in six innings that was only good for a no decision in the Tigers 4-3 win over Minnesota.
The Yankees will try to take control of the series with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. Kuroda is 4-6 with a 3.96 ERA and is coming off a strong outing against the Oakland Athletics in his last outing. Kuroda shut out the Athletics over eight innings to earn the win.
The game is slated to start at 7:15 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX.
After opening the game with a Danny Worth RBI single, Detroit was put in an immediate hole after rookie starter Casey Crosby served up a grand slam to former Tiger Curtis Granderson in the second inning. Down 5-1, the Tigers were unable to mount a serious comeback until the later innings.
Aside from giving up six earned runs and four walks over 3.1 innings pitched, Crosby flashed enough potential to warrant Jim Leyland's bold decision to slot him against a stacked Yankees lineup in the first place. Crosby did manage to fan three New York hitters in his brief stint on the mound, and ultimately settled in after giving up the blast to Granderson.
On the positive side, Detroit outfielder Quintin Berry ended the game a home run short of the cycle, finishing with a 3-for-5 performance that pulled his average up to .364. Berry remains one of the most impressive spark plugs atop the order that Detroit fans have seen in a very long time, and will be hard pressed to keep out of the lineup even after injured outfielder Austin Jackson returns.
Now just 11-13 at home this season and desperate for a win, the Tigers will send ace Justin Verlander to the mound for Saturday's 1:05 pm ET first pitch in game two.
The Detroit Tigers will host the New York Yankees on Friday for the first game of a three game series. Casey Crosby will make his MLB debut on the mound for the Tigers.
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