Game 52: Yankees vs. Tigers

June 2, 2012, 7:15 p.m. ET, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
TV / Radio: FOX, WCBS 880 AM

We’re in Detroit, ready for Game 2 of this three-game series at Comerica Park (it’s Star Wars night at the ballpark) and hoping the rain that has been forecasted all day will hold off for what looks like a nice Saturday evening.

Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill for the Bronx Bombers hoping to exercise some road demons this year. He’s 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA at Yankee Stadium, but just 1-4 with a 4.55 ERA on the road. Kuroda has faced the Tigers just once (5/23/10), at Comerica Park, when he was with the Dodgers. He took the loss in the 6-2 defeat and allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings (one walk, five strikeouts, one home run).

Prince Fielder has the most career at-bats against Kuroda among Tigers hitters, having gone 3-for-9 with a walk and a strikeout in his career. Miguel Cabrera, who is 1-for-3 against the right-hander, is a career .367 hitter against Yankees pitchers, with eight doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 31 RBIs.

Rick Porcello is on the mound for the beleaguered Tigers, with an 0-2 record and 5.75 ERA in his last four starts. But he’s 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in his last three home outings. He’s 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA in his career against New York (four starts). On offense, Tigers catcher Alex Avila was scratched (right hamstring tightness) and joins Andy Dirks and Gerald Laird as banged-up Detroit players. Their only available bench player is infielder Ramon Santiago.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (28-23)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda RHP (4-6, 3.96)

TIGERS (24-28)
Quintin Berry CF
Danny Worth 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Don Kelly LF
Omir Santos C

Pitching: Rick Porcello RHP (3-4, 5.21)


AROD for Youck——straight up——-the Red Sox may still want him (wouldn’t it be nice)!


This Yankee team is terrible with RISP. And ARod is the worst. Men on 2nd and 3rd and Grandy strikes out and ARod pops out to end the inning. ARod is too old. He’s overpaid and he’s done. Too bad we’re stuck with him and his millions on the payroll that could be better spent on someone else right now. And the umpiring stinks this year. There’s been more trouble with the umpires and complaining about them this year than I can remember. Yankees have had their chances to win this thing tonight and have blown it.


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