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Gameday Post #3: Detroit Tigers at Yankees

For the second straight game, the Yankees handled the Tigers fairly easily in Saturday’s 10-6 win. Like CC Sabathia before him, A.J. Burnett wasn’t at his sharpest but still very effective. The 3rd-year Yankee collected six strikeouts in five innings and allowed three earned runs and five hits. The story of this game, however, was the offense. Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin each had a three-run HR, and Alex Rodriguez added a solo shot of his own. Teixeira’s home run was his second in as many games, and it looks as though he may finally be figuring out his early-season slumps. Derek Jeter added two hits of his own as he continues to push for 3,000 career hits.
Today it will be Phil Hughes taking the bump for the Yankees as he will look to build upon an All-Star campaign and establish himself among the game’s elite pitchers. He will be opposed by one of the Tigers’ young studs, Max Scherzer, who will try to put Detroit in the win column for the first time in 2011.

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A.L. EAST STANDINGS

NEW YORK……..2-0

Baltimore……….2-0

Toronto………….2-0

Boston……………0-2 (2.0 GB)

Tampa Bay………0-2 (2.0 GB)

DATE: Sunday, April 3rd

TIME: 1:05pm

TV/RADIO: YES, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

DET: Max Scherzer (0-0, -.– ERA)

NYY: Phil Hughes (0-0, -.– ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Max Scherzer (DET): Few pitchers in baseball were more dominant after Memorial Day last year than Scherzer, 11-7 with a 2.46 ERA in that stretch. Now he hopes to start out that way. Commanding his offspeed pitches will be key to whether he can.

Scherzer vs. Yankees

Phil Hughes (NYY): Coming off an 18-win season, Hughes makes his first start of 2011 with a chance to push the Yankees to a sweep of the Tigers and a 3-0 record. Hughes allowed 10 runs on 24 hits in 22 Grapefruit League innings, striking out 14.

Hughes vs. Tigers

LINEUPS

Tigers (0-2)

Jackson CF

Santiago 2B

Boesch DH

Cabrera 1B

Martinez C

Raburn LF

Kelly RF

Peralta SS

Inge 3B

Yankees (2-0)

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Swisher RF

Posada DH

Granderson CF

Martin C

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 2-4, 2 R — 72 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, SV — 39 saves from 600, 41 from all-time saves record

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