Game 51: Yankees vs. Tigers

June 1, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

Greetings from a soggy Comerica Park, where the Yankees and Tigers are set to meet for the first game of a big three-game weekend series in the Motor City. The Yankees are 4-2 heading into the last leg of this nine-game, three-city road trip, having swept the A’s in Oakland before dropping two of three against the Angels. New York has lost six of eight in Detroit over the last two seasons.

The Yankees will be the first team in the Majors to get a look at Detroit lefty Casey Crosby, who was recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo to make this start after Doug Fister was placed on the disabled list for the second time this year. He was 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 57 strikeouts in nine starts with the Mud Hens this year.

“The challenges are you have no idea what he’s gonna try to do to you,” Girardi said of facing a rookie for the first time. “You know he throws a certain velocity but does it get on you quicker, does his curveball, what’s the break, what’s his changeup? The thing you try to do is put some pressure on him early because, for any player that’s ever been through it the first time, there’s some butterflies.”

For the Tigers, Gerald Laird gets a rare start at DH (the Tigers are currently carrying three catchers), but likely because he’s hitting .421 (8-for-19) with a home run and four RBIs in his career against CC Sabathia. Miguel Cabrera is batting .455 (10-for-22) with two home runs, 12 RBIs and seven walks against Sabathia, while Brennan Boesch is 4-for-10 against the big lefty, but all six of those outs have been strikeouts.

Girardi’s expectations for New York’s big lefty are simple: “I expect him to do what he does — give us distance, give us quality innings, hope he can keep the pitch count down and get us deep into the game with the lead.”

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (27-23)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (6-2, 3.66)

TIGERS (24-27)
Quintin Berry CF
Danny Worth 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Gerald Laird DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Omir Santos C
Ramon Santiago SS

Pitching: Casey Crosby LHP (4-2, 4.26 with Triple-A Toledo)

1 Comment

Not vintage CC tonight. Too many pitches and too hittable. he’ll be lucky to go 6. Need a few more runs. 3 run lead against a team like Detroit is not comfortable. We’re lucky to be up 6-3. Only because of Grandy’s grand slam. Other guys need to step up and do some damage


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