After a 9-4 dominating victory over the Detroit Tigers last night, the Yankees have now won seven of their last nine games and are inching their way closer to the top of the AL East division ladder. Just 1.5 games back now, the teams offensive turnaround has been the driving factor in their recent success. In five of those seven wins, the bombers have put up six or more runs, giving the pitching staff some breathing room and allowing them to win by a more comfortable margin.
In the second game of their three-game set on the road with the Tigers, the Yankees will look to continue their loose approach at the plate and carry the team to another victory.
Hiroki Kuroda will be on the mound tonight for New York and he looked untouchable in his last start, as he got his first win on the road and shutout the A’s for more than eight scoreless innings. Now that he got the road monkey off his back, maybe he can knock off another tonight and win back-to-back starts for the first time in a Yankee uniform.
The bomber lineup will square off against righty, Rick Porcello, for the Tigers. Many of the Yankees sluggers are familiar with Porcello and the previous success they’ve had against him in the past may pay off once again tonight in Detroit.
New York 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: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.96 ERA)
Game Time: 7:15 EST at Comerica Park
Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280