The Yankees will head home and kick off their home stand with four against the sluggish Detroit Tigers. Detroit, 56-60 (10 1/2 games behind Minnesota) has dropped ten of fourteen games during August. The Yankees, 72-45, are one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Tigers took three of four in Detroit earlier this season, so expect the Yankees to seek out some revenge. Tuesday’s pitching match-up, Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia, should be verrrry fun.

Keys To The Series:

1.Slow Down Miguel Cabrera: Tigers’ first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, ranks among the top five in all three Triple Crown categories. Cabrera has 26 HRs (3rd), 94 RBIs (2nd), and a .338 batting average (2nd). Cabrera wore out Yankee pitching earlier this season, going 6 for 14 with three RBIs. The guy is gooooood.

2. Keep Hitting, A-Rod: After A-Rod’s three-homer binge on Saturday night, he surpassed the aforementioned Cabrera for the AL’s RBI lead with 97. Rodriguez is on pace for 30 home runs and 128 RBIs. Not bad for a ‘down year’.

Here’s the tale of the tape:

OBP .335 (6th) .349 (1st) NYY
HRs 95 (10th) 140 (3rd) NYY
ERA 4.44 (11th) 3.86 (4th) NYY
BAA .267 (11th) .248 (4th) NYY
Fielding .982 (8th) .988 (2nd) NYY


Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday, 7:05 PM, YES: Max Scherzer (7-9, 4.03 ERA0 vs. Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.90 ERA)

Last Start:
Scherzer: Loss, seven innings, one earned run, two strikeouts (vs. Tampa Bay)
Vazquez: ND, 4 1/3 innings, six earned runs, one strikeouts (at Texas)

**Scherzer is 1-6 with a 5.12 ERA on the road this year. He has never faced the Yankees before.
**The Tigers beat Vazquez earlier this season, but Vazquez went seven innings, allowing only two earned runs.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.72 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (15-5, 3.14 ERA)

Last Start:
Verlander: Win, six innings, one earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Tampa Bay)
Sabathia: Win, 8 2/3 innings, three earned runs, three strikeouts (at Kansas City)

**Verlander is 5-4, 4.72 ERA on the road this year. He beat the Yankees earlier this year, throwing 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
**Sabathia is 8-0 with a 2.64 ERA at home this year.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Jeremy Bonderman (6-8, 5.16 ERA) vs. Dustin Moseley (2-2, 4.41 ERA)

Last Start:
Bonderman: Loss, six innings, six earned runs, four strikeouts (at Chicago)
Moseley: Loss, 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs, one strikeouts (at Kansas City)

**Bonderman is 2-4 with a 6.45 ERA on the road this year. The Yankees beat him earlier this season.
**Andy Pettitte had a set back in his recovery from a groin injury, so expect Moseley to continue making starts.

Thursday, 1:05 PM, YES: Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.53 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.94 ERA)

Last Start:
Porcello: ND, seven innings, two earned runs, three strikeouts (at Chicago)
Hughes: Win,six innings, three earned runs (at Kansas City)

**Porcello is 1-5 with 6.31 ERA on the road this year.
**Hughes has a 4.79 ERA at home this year.

Enjoy the series!