After they took their four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox last Friday through Monday, the Yankees (95-50, 9.0 GA in AL East) hit the middle of their 10-game road trip with Tuesday's 6:40 p.m. start vs. the Detroit Tigers (42-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park.
Since they dropped three straight games in an Aug. 20-22 sweep against the Athletics in Oakland, the Yankees have won their past five series. The Yankees dropped last Friday's series opener to Red Sox but then proceeded to bury their rivals as they won the past three games by a 20-6 margin and eliminated Boston mathematically from AL East contention. They did their damage in Monday's series finale, a 5-0 shutout, behind a pair of solo home runs to get on the board -- Austin Romine's fifth-inning shot down the right-field line and Gio Urshela's seven-inning bomb over the left-field Green Monster -- before DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres tacked on a run apiece in the seventh and Luke Voit added another in the ninth.
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Victor Reyes, CF|
|Brett Gardner, CF||Harold Castro, 2B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Miguel Cabrera, DH|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||Jeimer Candelario, 1B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Dawel Lugo, 3B|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Christin Stewart, LF|
|Mike Ford, 1B||Travis Demerite, RF|
|Clint Frazier, LF||Grayson Greiner, C|
|Tyler Wade, RF||Jordy Mercer, SS|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-0, 5.13 ERA) starts for the Yankees, who are 13-2 when using an opener. Cortes makes his first start of the season as an opener after he logged 28 appearances out of the bullpen. Over 59.2 innings, Cortes has recorded 62 strikeouts to 24 walks and one hit batter. He made his latest outing last Friday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks to one strikeout while getting two outs in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 6-1 loss against the Boston Red Sox. Cortes struggled in his previous performance last Monday, surrendering four runs on three hits despite three strikeouts to one walk in 2.0 innings of the Yankees' 7-0 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Who is starting for the Tigers?
RHP Edwin Jackson (3-9, 9.16 ERA) makes his second start of the season against the Yankees. Then still a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, he allowed six runs on six hits -- two home runs -- with three strikeouts to two walks in 3.1 innings of the Yankees' 6-2 win. In five starts with the Tigers, Jackson has recorded a 2-3 record and 7.23 ERA in 23.2 innings, striking out 20 and walking 12 while allowing five home runs. Jackson's latest start came last Wednesday in the Tigers' 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, going 5.0 innings and scattering four runs on nine hits -- one home run -- with three strikeouts to one walk.
The Yankees continue their three-game series against the Tigers with LHP CC Sabathia (5-8, 4.93 ERA) slated to return from the 10-day injured list and start for the first time since Aug. 30, facing LHP Matthew Boyd (8-10, 4.57 ERA) Wednesday at 6:40 p.m.