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Yankees At Tigers: Detroit Faces CC Sabathia, 8th Straight Loss

The Detroit Tigers would seem to have recent history on their side. Under Jim Leyland, they’ve never lost eight straight games. On the other hand, that could also mean they’re due for just such a streak. CC Sabathia might have something to say about that, though he’s lost his last two starts at Comerica Park.

Brad Penny pitches for the Tigers. He was rocked for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings when he faced the Yankees in his first start of the season.

Scott Sizemore bats in the No. 2 spot, as Leyland said he would when announcing the roster move after Monday’s game. And Magglio Ordonez bats third for what might be the last time in a while. With Victor Martinez set to be activated on Wednesday, Ordonez will drop to sixth in the batting order while Brennan Boesch takes over the No. 3 spot.

Robinson Cano is back in the Yankees’ lineup after missing Monday’s game. Andruw Jones also replaces Nick Swisher, which is a move the Tigers probably aren’t unhappy about.

Here are the starting lineups:

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. Scott Sizemore, 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Ryan Raburn, LF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Casper Wells, RF
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B

One other note, courtesy of the Freep’s John Lowe: Four relievers will not be available for Tuesday’s game. Jose Valverde, Brayan Villareal, Ryan Perry and Joaquin Benoit (who needs the break) won’t see any action.

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