Game 111: Yankees at Tigers

NEW YORK YANKEES (64-46) at DETROIT TIGERS (60-51)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.19) vs. RHP Doug Fister (6-7, 3.52)
Thursday, August 9 • 1:05 p.m. et • Comerica Park
Game #111 / Road Game #55 • TV: yes • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

YANKEES (64-46)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.19)

TIGERS (60-51)
Quintin Berry CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Prince Fielder 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B

RHP Doug Fister (6-7, 3.52)

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the final game of a four-game series vs. the Detroit Tigers today at Comerica Park… wraps up the first series of a seven-game road trip that also includes a three-game set at Toronto this weekend… just concluded a nine-game homestand, going 4-5, against Boston (1-2), Baltimore (1-2) and Seattle (2-1)… Friday began a stretch of 20 straight days without a scheduled day off from 8/3–22… will play 20 of their next 33 games on the road.
+++>>> At 64-46 (.582), own the second-best record in the AL behind Texas (65-45, .591), and the fourth-best in the Majors, trailing Washington (68-43, .613) and Cincinnati (66-45, .595)… are 18 gms over .500, five shy of their season high.

AT THE TOP: Today marks the 58th consecutive day the Yankees will be in sole possession of first place in the AL East… marks their longest such stretch atop the AL East since 2009 when they held sole possession of first place for each of the final 77 days of the season.

MANUFACTURER’S GUARANTEE: In Wednesday’s 12-8 win at Detroit, the Yankees hit just one home run (Granderson), marking the first time the club had scored at least 12 runs with one or zero home runs since a 13-3 win on 9/13/09 vs. Baltimore (1HR-Matsui)…marked the first such time on the road since a 13-9 win on 9/1/08 at Detroit’s Comerica Park (1HR-Damon).

CHA-CHA-CHA: 3B Eric Chavez is batting .462 (12-for-26) with 7R, 2 doubles, 3HR and 8RBI over his last eight games – including three straight multi-hit affairs… has hit 8HR over his last 34G after hitting just 3HR total over his first 42G of 2012.

IN CLOSING: The Yankees are 23-12 in series finales,  winning nine of the last 12… have won nine of their last 10 finales on the road.

ROAD TRIPPIN’: The Yankees are 30-24 (.556) on the road this season, the third-best record in the AL behind Baltimore (32-25, .561) and Texas (31-24, .564).

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