Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Yankees will look to extend their winning streak to four games tonight with the second of four games against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium this week.

New York took the first game of this series on Monday night with a close 2-1 victory over reigning Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, who suffered just his 4th loss of the season after giving up two runs in the 3rd inning -- the only runs he gave up in seven innings of work.

Back by the Yankees' strong bullpen, Brandon McCarthy picked up his 4th win in pinstripes. The ballgame was closed out by David Robertson, who pitched for the third straight night to earn his 30th save of the season. Robertson has been everything that the Yankees could ask for this season replacing Mariano Rivera. Brian Cashman really needs to give him his contract extension already before he becomes a free-agent this winter.

Speaking of D-Rob, it's pretty safe to say that he won't be available tonight after pitching three consecutive days. Joe Girardi hinted to reporters that it might be Dellin Betances pitching in the 9th inning tonight.

Tonight's lineup vs Detroit:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
RF Martin Prado
2B Brendan Ryan

Pitching matchup preview:

Yankees 'ace' Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball tonight. He's coming off of a loss in his last outing against the Texas Rangers last week despite pitching well. Kuroda went seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while throwing a season-high 115 pitches.

Kuroda has only given up more than four runs in a start one this season, and will probably need to be on top of his game again tonight going up against the Tigers' new All-Star starter.

Yes, David Price will be making his Tigers debut tonight after being traded to Detroit last week. The lefty, who was 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this season for Tampa Bay before the trade, has seen a lot of the Yankees in his career pitching for the Rays.


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