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Game Of The Week Preview: April 10: A Meeting Of The Aces


The series finale of the New York Yankees matchup against the Detroit Tigers will go prime time as part of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on  Sunday, April 10 at 8pm. With the series now tied at one game a piece, both clubs will send their aces to the mound with Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Justin Verlander for the Tigers.

Series Recap:

On Friday afternoon the Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 in the home opener at Comerica Park. Newly acquired Tigers’ pitcher Jordan Zimmerman had a solid debut, allowing just two hits in his seven innings of work.The Yankees sent their young righty Luis Severino on the mound for his first start of 2016; he was roughed up a bit allowing three runs on ten hits in just five innings; striking out five batters. Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of 2016 to add the fourth run of the day to the Tigers’ total.

On Saturday afternoon the Yankees turned the tables as their offense surged against the Tigers’ Mike Pelfrey who was making his first start as a member of the Detroit rotation for the 8-4 win to tie the series. Veteran pitcher CC Sabathia took the mound for the Bronx Bombers as the fifth member of the rotation, an adjustment he has learned to get used to. In the first inning Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season on a line drive to left center off of Pelfrey.  Sabathia was perfect through three innings before allowing two runs in the bottom of the bottom of the fourth for a 6-2 ballgame. Carlos Beltran hit his second homer of the season; a two run shot on a fly ball to right field for a 8-2 lead. Sabathia allowed three runs on four hits in six innings of work; walking four and striking out three. Pelfrey allowed six runs on eight hits in just three and two-thirds innings.

The Matchup:

Both Tanaka (ERA 3.18)  and Verlander (ERA 4.50)will be making their second starts of the season in the series’ rubber match on Sunday night. Both pitchers received a n-decision in their Opening Day performances. Tanaka pitched just five and two-third innings against the Houston Astros allowing two runs on four hits; striking out four and walking one. Verlander started his first outing of the season by no-hitting the Miami Marlins through five innings. Verlander finished the night allowing working six innings three runs on three hits; striking out five and walking two.

Something to note: RHP Justin Verlander hasn’t earned a win against the New York Yankees since 2012.

Possible Lineups:

New York Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Brett Gsrdner, LF

Alex Rodriguez, DH

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Brain McCann, C

Chase Headley, 3B

Starlin Castro, 2B

Didi Gregorius, SS

Detroit Tigers

Ian Kinsler, 2B

Justin Upton, LF

Miguel Cabrera, 1B

J.D. Martinez, RF

Nick Castellanos, 3B

James McCann, C

Jose Iglesias, SS

Anthony Gose, CF




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