Game 53: Yankees vs. Tigers

June 3, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
TV / Radio: YES/TBS, WCBS 880 AM

The Yankees and Tigers are back at it Sunday afternoon in the series finale after a dramatic contest Saturday night that left the Yankees stinging after plenty of missed opportunities with men on base.

All in all, though, Joe Girardi said the team would be pleased to get out of Detroit with a series victory and finish this road trip 6-3. To do that, though, they’ll have to get by Justin Verlander on Sunday. No easy feat.

“He’s just got great stuff,” Girardi said. “He’s got four pitches he can go to any point, swing and miss on any of them. If you’ve got two swing and miss pitches, you’re probably doing pretty well. He’s got four. And he’s got high velocity, and he’s a good feeler and he does so many things right.”

Girardi said the key to beating Verlander, who tends to get stronger as games go on, is to get to him early and run up his pitch count.

“Don’t expect him to make a lot of mistakes per at-bat,” Girardi said. “If you get one, you better put a good swing on it.”

On the New York side of things, it’s Phil Hughes throwing for the Yanks after allowing a season-high seven earned runs on a career-high 11 hits on May 28 against the Angels. He took a no-decision in the 9-8 loss.

“The command of the fastball on the first-base side of home plate is really key for him,” Girardi said. “That ball in Anaheim kept running back, and guys were putting good swings on it. He needs to command that.”

Hughes is 4-3 with a 4.54 ERA in his career against Detroit (six starts, eight total appearances).

The Tigers remain banged up, and placed Andy Dirks on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game, and called up Matt Young from Triple-A Toledo.

Here are today’s lineups:

YANKEES (28-24)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (4-5, 5.64)

TIGERS (25-28)
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: Justin Verlander RHP (5-3, 2.55)


Hey Seeknay. Crow doesn’t taste that bad. We all have to eat a little crow in a lifetime, but as you say it’s not just one single game. Hughes needs to pitch like this consistently to earn support and confidence. Good game today though and enough offense to win. Good to come away with a series win. I thought we might lose 2 out of 3 against the Tigers. should have swept with the opportunities we had last night. Bad game again with RISP. Now off to a hot and very tough team, the Rays. Hopefully we can slow down their streak and catch up in the standings.


MON – JUN – 4 – – –
TUE – JUN – 5 – vs Tampa Bay – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
WED – JUN – 6 – vs Tampa Bay – 7:05 PM – YES, ESPN2
THU – JUN – 7 – vs Tampa Bay – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
FRI – JUN – 8 – vs NY Mets – 7:05 PM – MY9, MLBN
SAT – JUN – 9 – vs NY Mets – 7:15 PM – FOX
SUN – JUN – 10 – vs NY Mets – 1:05 PM – YES, TBS


As most on this blog know I am not a fan of Hughes. However, I have to give it up to him today. He pitched on *ELL of a game today against a very good Tiger ballclub and perhaps the best starter in the AL. Congrats Mr. Hughes and keep it up. I don’t mind eating crow as long as it is season long.


Verlander vs Hughes, don’t like our chances today. Matchup is a BAD one. But perhaps the O will get moving today, better post a dozen on Verlander.


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