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Yankees At Tigers: Can Justin Verlander Break Detroit's Six-Game Slide?

The New York Yankees probably aren't the ideal team to face on a six-game losing streak. But that's what the Tigers have to deal with for the next four games at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander tries to be the stopper for the Tigers' slide. But he's in kind of a funk himself, having lost three of his last four starts. (Verlander allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of those games, however.) He lost to the Yankees on Opening Day despite giving up three runs in six innings.

The Yankees counter with Bartolo Colon, who's been quite a surprise in the first month of the season. Added to the starting rotation after Phil Hughes went on the DL, Colon has allowed three runs over 14 2/3 innings in his first two starts. He's also racked up 13 strikeouts versus three walks.

Ramon Santiago has an 8-for-17 career average against Colon, so he'll get the start at second base for the Tigers tonight. Detroit catches one break in the Yankees' lineup, as Robinson Cano is out of the lineup tonight with a bone bruise in his left hand.

New York Yankees
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Eduardo Nunez, 2B

Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Brennan Boesch, RF
6. Ryan Raburn, LF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B

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